Football - Mancini hopes cup run can boost league form

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini hopes his side's latest FA Cup victory can spark a late-season charge.

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City put aside their recent Barclays Premier League frustrations to brush aside Championship outfit Leeds and ease into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Having fallen 12 points behind Manchester United at the top of the table, the knockout competition now appears to represent City's most likely source of silverware but Mancini is not ruling anything out.

The Italian said: "In Italy, you say a game like this is like brodino soup, a starter.

"I hope it can help us to start to win in the Premier League."

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