"I have given City more balance and a greater sense of conviction," he said. "The potential is incredible, but you need to draw it out. And the road ahead is long." He added that he was relishing the "challenge" of playing against "immortal" sides such as Liverpool and Manchester United, City's opponents in the Carling Cup semi-final this month.
Mancini, who also admitted that his long-term ambition is to move back to Italy to take over the national team, said that he had been struck, since his move to City, by "the incredible fans, very strong players and a well-organised club".
This is good. And he's right - we certainly do have more balance and more conviction since he's arrived. Some of it was rather baffling though. His claim that "here it [media coverage of football] is about football and gossip, and not referees, dodgy goals and suspicions" is bizarre, given the depth of analysis we get on Match of the Day or any Sky Sports match.
Even stranger is this:
"I will calmly make corrections to what they eat before matches," City's manager told the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. "You need more chicken, pizza, carbohydrates. As well as a glass of wine, which isn't being served."
So much for the presumption that all Italian managers are as fussy as Fabio Capello about this sort of thing.