Man City host the Hammers at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City Roberto Mancini said Friday he is confident the club will act quickly in the transfer market in the close season to make up for a disappointing season.Manchester United’s title win was confirmed with their 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday and they lead City by 16 points going into the weekend.
Mancini’s side have an FA Cup final against Wigan to look forward to but in the league they have made an underwhelming defence of last season’s title.
The Italian manager has frequently discussed his anger at the club failing to sign the players he wanted after winning the league and he is sure those errors will not be repeated.
Mancini said: “I think that when you build your team you need to start like in this case, we are in the end of this championship, we have time, but not a lot of time. We should have our targets in mind.
“You should move very quickly. We didn’t do this last year. We moved so slowly. We lost the players that were our targets to improve our team.
We should have moved more quickly.
“It is important to build your team from the basement, when you start in the market you need to buy important players that can help you.
“They deserve to win this title because they won a lot of games in a row. The crucial moment was when we played QPR, Liverpool, Southampton.
“That moment we had big problems with our players injured. We lost key points. United have more attitude than us, as a club, as a team.”
Although Mancini is keen to start his transfer business quickly, he insists now is not the time to discuss whether Carlos Tevez or Gareth Barry, who each have a year left on their contracts, will be getting new deals.
But he has confirmed that Kolo Toure will be leaving the Etihad Stadium this month.
He added: “In the moment, it is important to finish well the next five games. It will not be easy. Now this is more important.
“It is important for every player to have the chance to play. Kolo is at the end of his contract, if he has the chance to go to play and we can help him.
“He is a good guy, a serious professional player and fantastic man. If we can help him we are happy.”
Mancini is hoping to have several players available again for Saturday’s match against West Ham.
Spanish forward David Silva is set to return from a hamstring problem that has kept him out since the 2-1 win at Manchester United on April 8.
Sergio Aguero is also fit again and James Milner is set to return from a hamstring injury of his own. Mancini could also include Jack Rodwell after yet another hamstring problem.
But defender Micah Richards, who returned after seven months out with an ankle injury in the 1-0 win over Wigan earlier this month, is set for a spell with the reserves to improve his fitness.
Mancini meanwhile believes that Luis Suarez’s 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic is too severe.
The City manager feels that such offences, along with bad tackles and other incidents of serious foul play should receive four to six-game suspensions and he thinks that Liverpool’s Suarez has been harshly dealt with.
He said: “Sometimes they take a strange decision for me. If you want my
opinion, this is strange. Ten games I think is too much. This is my opinion. I don’t know if this is worse than other tackles or situations.
“Not this. I think that five, six games was enough. This is my opinion. I don’t work for the FA. Maybe, one, two or three games more could be correct.”
Venue Etihad Stadium, Saturday 12.45pm
Last season Man City 2 West Ham 1
Referee Howard Webb
This season’s matches 26 Y96, R3, 3.81 cards per game
Subs from Pantilimon, Wright, Maicon, Kolorov, K Touré, Razak, Sinclair, Rodwell, Dzeko, Lescott, Milner, García
Doubtful Rodwell (match fitness)
Form guide LWWWLW
Disciplinary record Y58 R3
Leading scorer Dzeko 12
Subs from Spiegel, C Cole, Collison, Maïga, Taylor, Noble, Pogatetz, Spence, Chamakh, Wellington, Potts, Moncur
Doubtful J Cole (hamstring)
Injured Tomkins (calf, 4 May), McCartney (knee, unknown)
Form guide WDDDWL
Disciplinary record Y66 R1
Leading scorer Nolan 7
West Ham last won a Premier League game at Manchester City seven matches ago, a 1-0 victory in April 2003.
The past 10 Premier League meetings between the clubs have seen six City victories – and just one win for West Ham.
West Ham’s biggest win at Manchester City (Maine Road) was a 6-1 victory in September 1962. They also won 5-1 there in March 1970, with Jimmy Greaves scoring two goals on his Hammers debut.
This time last year City had 74 Premier League points, compared to the 68 they have at present.
They have lost three of their past eight Premier League matches.
Against Tottenham, City lost for the first time this season after taking the lead in the Premier League. They had won 20 of the previous 22.
City have kept six clean sheets in their last seven home games in the Premier League.
Samir Nasri has two goals in three games (all competitions) after going 20 without scoring.
The Hammers are unbeaten in five league matches (W2, D3).
The club sit 15th in a hypothetical Premier League table based purely on away form.
Andy Carroll has been involved in five goals (three goals, two assists) in his last four league appearances.
Kevin Nolan has now scored 100 career goals in English football.
West Ham have the best saves to shots rate in the Premier League this season (76%).