It’s been less than a month since the track-suited Chilean took his place in City’s ‘holistic’ hot seat, but Manuel Pellegrini has already been hard at work trying to build a team capable of winning back the Premier League title, which his Eastland’s side surrendered last season.
Lauded across the Med for his pretty pass-and-move customs, City fans will certainly be hoping to see some attractive football this season after enduring four years of Robert Mancini’s old-school Italian tactics. But will the admirable approach that Pellegrini is renowned for deliver results?
Fundamental to the former Villarreal CF boss’ success,this forthcoming campaign will testhis dealings in the transfer market and how quickly he can assemble a squad capable of abiding to his religious footballing doctrine. Already this summer, moneybags City have splashed the cash on Spanish international duo Jesus Navas and Álvaro Negredo, with the former quick to praise his new boss by insisting: “Manuel is a great coach. He has clear ideas and a clear vision, and he will get the best out of all of us.”
The City faithful will certainly be praying that those sentiments ring true and the early signs are promising after the Manchester club secured an impressive triumph in the recent Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.EdinDjeko struck early with an impressive half-volley to claim the win against South China.
Last week, Pellegrini’s preparations continued to step up as the new season draws ever closer, and when his side tookon Italian giants AC Milan sparks were flying as they edged a 5 – 3 victory. They then went on to play the hosts Bayern Munich on Thursday 1stAugust only to be narrowly denied their second pre-season trophy.
Another key factor in determining whether Pellegrini’s maiden season will be a success or not is the way he handles the British press. Unlike other prominent foreign coaches, who have been vilified for failing to speak good English (stand up Mr Fabio Capello) Pellegrini is relatively fluent and he will need to recall his entire verbal prowess to combat several exchanges form Mourinho and co as the campaign progresses.
Pellegrini has never managed in the Premier League before and it will take time for him to adapt to English football. Although in this covetous age of modern football, where instant success is demanded, it may be a big ask for Manchester City to regain the title this time round.
However, with a multi-million pound squad brimming with talent, City are no doubt expected to win at least one major trophy. In a recent press conference the ‘engineer’, as he is imaginatively known, admitted: “There are four or five teams that have exactly the same chance of winning and it will be very tough for us.”