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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the club’s FA Cup success is just the start, with Yaya Toure’s goal ending a 35-year wait for silverware with a 1-0 win over Stoke City.
Mancini said: “I can say only that I’m very happy for all the supporters. After many years they deserve to win this trophy. I didn’t feel we dominated this game. We need to improve but we are very happy. We did a small piece of history of Manchester City. We start now.”
Toure was ecstatic after his goal won the FA Cup. Toure blasted home the only goal of the game in the 75th minute.
He told ITV: “The dream is now… It’s fantastic to win. It’s fantastic for the history of the club. We wanted to win something and get through to the Champions League. It’s amazing.”
Striker Mario Balotelli was named man of the match and said: “I’m happy. I said to the guys before the game ‘we’re better than them, we have to respect them and give everything and if we do we’re going to win’.”
Asked if it was his best performance of the season, he said: “All my season was s*** – can I say that? I’ve played not very well, but today maybe I played more for the team.”
Goalkeeper Joe Hart was not interested in questions about rivals Manchester United’s taunts over City’s lack of silverware.
“I couldn’t care less what they do at Old Trafford,” said the England international. “It’s nothing to do with Manchester United, it’s about Man City. We deserved to win the cup, we’ve beaten the best and we’ve beaten a very good Stoke side today.”
Defender Micah Richards was lost for words after City’s triumph. He said: “It’s unbelievable. Words can’t describe it. We’ve worked hard all season. Now it’s happened, it’s unbelievable. This is the first one and this is the most important. We’ve got to build on this.”
Midfielder Adam Johnson added: “Take a little look at what it means to the fans – 35 years of wait and we did it.”