New City boss Pellegrini hell-bent on toppling United

New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says his first task is to topple Manchester United as the top Premier League club.

The Chilean, who was unveiled by the club yesterday, looked relaxed and unfazed by the huge challenges as he met media for the first time since his appointment almost four weeks ago.

Pellegrini was focused on getting one message across yesterday.

“I know that the most important thing for all the fans is to beat Manchester United and if I am here it is because I am sure we will do it.

“This year, same as [the] other year, Manchester City will be top of Manchester United. We will try, at least.”

When asked about the trophy target, the 59-year-old jokingly said: “Just five?” before giving a more considered response.

He said: “We will try to work and do our best here and then we will see how many trophies.

“One of the important [reasons] I am here is the way my other teams always played. I think fans of City will see a different way to how they played in the other years.

“I am sure we are going to play an attractive game. We will always try to play in the opposite side [of the field], try to be an attacking team, do what all the other teams I worked with before did.”

Pellegrini was joined by £30 million (€35m) midfielder Fernandinho, one of two new signings this summer along with winger Jesus Navas but continue to be linked with a number of other targets and the new manager expects further arrivals, with the priority being a striker after Carlos Tevez’s departure.

“We have two strikers at the moment and need another one but I am not talking about any names.

“We need a strong squad with two players in each position. We will try to do our best to have the best squad we can.”

Tevez has left for Juventus after an eventful four years at the club during which he was both hero and villain.

Pellegrini said: “I spoke with Carlos weeks ago.

“I feel that Carlos didn’t want to stay here any more. He was very clear telling me. It was the best choice for Carlos and the club. That is why Carlos is not here.”

Pellegrini’s European pedigree was a key factor in his appointment with City eager to improve on their group stage exits in the elite competition in the past two seasons. Yet Pellegrini made clear he is targeting success on all fronts.

“I think the Premier League is so important, as is the Champions League. I know the last two years of Manchester City was not very good playing Champions League, and we will try to improve next year, but that is not the only reason for this year. I will try to take another trophy of the Premier League.

“When Manchester City won the Premier League it was one of the most important things for the club, we will try to repeat that.”


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