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Season 2014/15

The real Jovetic starting to shine through says boss

  • 31 July 2014 04:24
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

Manuel Pellegrini believes Stevan Jovetic will prove what an excellent striker he is during the 2014/15 campaign.

The Montenegro forward has been in sparking form on the US tour and he took his tally in the International Champions Cup to four goals in two games after another brace against Liverpool.

Though City drew 2-2 and eventually lost on penalties, Pellegrini was delighted with a number of aspects of his team’s performance, with Jovetic in particular catching the eye.

“I have said before that Stevan is a very important player for us and he proved again what an asset he can be,” said the Blues’ boss.

“He had a number of different injuries last season but now he is fully fit. I’m sure if he continues in this way he will show why he is here. If he’s fit all the year he will be a very important player for us.”

Pellegrini admitted he was pleased with the way the Blues played at the Yankee Stadium, believing his team should have put the game to bed long before Raheem Sterling’s late equaliser forced a penalty shoot-out.

“I’m very happy because it was a good, competitive game and useful for both teams,” he said. “We played well for the first 45 minutes when 0-0 didn’t reflect exactly what happened.

Then we played well in the second half, though Joe Hart made some very good saves and we missed some good chances especially when the score was 2-1. Then we had the penalties….

“Liverpool are a very good team, played very well. Last season they had a strong campaign and I’m sure that this year they will be fighting for the title again.

“We are trying to prepare our team the best way possible and I feel we have had a very good pre-season. We had another five players playing game time today and the rest of the squad arrive next week.

“We are preparing for the Community Shield and the Premier League and that is the most important thing.

“I was very impressed by the amount of people here tonight and though it maybe was not the best pitch and not as wet as we would have liked, it wasn’t so bad.

“Maybe it was a little bit dry and that’s why the ball didn’t run so fast, but there wasn’t any problem for either team.

“Overall I’m very happy with our preparations. The five players who arrived on Thursday will be ready for the Premier League and the rest of the players will arrive next Monday. They can be fit in maybe 15 days but we will assess things as we go along.”

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