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Roberto Mancini confident about Europa League progress

Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini says he expects more from Edin Dzeko

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is confident his side can progress in the Europa League after drawing 0-0 against Aris Salonika in Greece.

"I think it will be a different game in Manchester," said Mancini after the first-leg, last-32 clash.

"This result is better than 1-1. We have a chance because we are at home. It will be a different pitch."

The Italian was frustrated, however, that striker Edin Dzeko failed to do better from a first-half chance.

The former Wolfsburg striker could not apply the finishing touch to Aleksandar Kolarov's low cross and Aris keeper Michalis Sifakis saved at the second attempt.

Sifakis later made a fine save from Dzeko's powerful header, but Mancini called on both the Bosnian and Shaun Wright-Phillips to do better.

Mancini added: "I expect more from Dzeko - he needs to improve. He is a good player.

"I think he has the same difficulty as Fernando Torres at Chelsea, because when you arrive in January you don't know your team-mates, it is not easy.

"He can change in every game. It is important that he improves very quickly. We should cross the ball more to him. Shaun should have done better than today."

Nonetheless, with City due to entertain Aris at Eastlands in the second leg, Mancini will not be unduly perturbed.

Nor was he concerned by a quiet performance from leading scorer Carlos Tevez in front of a partisan home crowd.

Mancini said: "We need other players to score as well. It was difficult for him to find space because of the way Aris play."

Mancini also confirmed that a laser had been fired in the direction of his players - an incident that could be investigated. Uefa.

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