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Pellegrini wants quick start to Premier League

  • 26 July 2013 09:48
  • Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc

Manuel Pellegrini has declared that he is looking to make an immediate impact in the Premier League.

And the City chief sees the Barclays Asia Trophy as the perfect vehicle to help City get out of the blocks quickly.

After a 1-0 win over South China in midweek the Blues meet Sunderland in the final on Saturday; a first outing against Premier League opposition for Pellegrini.

“It’s important to make a quick start and to win the first league game because if you lose ground it is difficult to recover,” he told the pre-final press conference.

“The English Premier League is a different league than what I have worked with before, but I am not concerned about that.

“Of course it is always good to have more time, but I hope the team will be prepared.”

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Heavy rain has made life tough for the squad in the Far East, but the manager is hoping the weather won’t affect Saturday’s fixture.

“The conditions are difficult, but the players are working very hard,” he said.

“It is not exactly what we wanted, but we have been able to work in training and we must be optimistic.”

With a full squad at his disposal, the Chilean admitted the Sunderland game represents a good opportunity to get all of his players involved.

“I don’t know who will start the final, but I will try to play all the players and give them a similar number of minutes on the pitch.”

Pellegrini has brought four new players to the club since taking the reins last month and the Chilean hinted that his business in the transfer market may not be over just yet.


“The club has spent money in important places,” he said. “We have the players that we need here, but we will see what happens in July and August.”

New signing Stevan Jovetic joined his manager for the press conference and declared that he is settling in well to life with the Blues.

“I am feeling very good and the guys have accepted me very well - it is a very good team,” he smiled.

“I spoke to Matija Nastasic before I joined and he told me how well he was getting on at the club and told me I should come to the Premier League.”


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