Pantilimon performed well against Chelsea and to face Wigan in finals


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Man City manager Roberto Mancini will give Costel Pantilimon chance in FA Cup final match against Wigan Athletic.

Despite often being second-choice to Joe Hart, the Romanian featured in their semifinal tie against Chelsea, where they won 2-1.

And Mancini revealed that he will stick with his goalkeeper to face Roberto Martinez’s men.

“Pantilimon is there to do what he did, Costel did very well but he’s a very good keeper – it’s what I expected,” he told the club’s official website.

“He will stay, we have four weeks to think about it but I think he will play [in the final]. He’s worked very well behind Joe Hart and I think for Joe that’s very important.”

With the chances of defending the Premier League title slipping away, Mancini admitted that he has switched his priorities to other endeavours – and winning the Cup is important as he already lifted the trophy in 2011.

He added: “We could be disappointed with the Premier League because I think we had another chance to win it if we had worked well last summer but we didn’t, we made some mistakes probably.

“But now we are a good team, we go to the final and we have chance to get the second position and we have a chance to show we shouldn’t be 15 points behind. I think this should be our target now.”

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