Wednesday 21 February 2018

Pellegrini aims to 'win it all' as City finally get their man

Mark Ogden

Manuel Pellegrini has targeted Champions League glory at Manchester City after admitting there will be no excuses for failure after succeeding the sacked Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium.

Pellegrini, the former Malaga, Real Madrid and Villarreal coach, will begin work as City manager on June 24 after agreeing a three-year deal worth an annual £3.4m to take charge at the Abu Dhabi-owned club.

Amid the escalating expectations at the Etihad, Pellegrini (59) insisted he would attempt to deliver the Premier League and Champions League to City next season, claiming "we're going to try to win it all".

Having accepted City's job offer more than a month ago, Pellegrini was forced to delay confirmation of his appointment until yesterday owing to a financial wrangle with Malaga, which was eventually resolved before the Spanish club appointed Bernd Schuster as coach.

"Everyone knows, if you arrive at a club like Manchester City, you must win titles," Pellegrini said. "They have invested a lot of money for improving the squad every year and to try to win titles every year.

"We have the best squad in the Premier League, we have wonderful players and we can reach important titles in the next three or four seasons here. We have everything we need to be successful next year. Last season, they (City) were not successful in winning a title, but I'm sure next year we are going to win maybe the Premier League, the Champions League. We're going to try to win it all."

But while Pellegrini has a reputation for building entertaining teams with home-grown players, his CV as a coach in Europe has been embellished by just one trophy, the InterToto Cup, since arriving at Villarreal in 2004.

The former River Plate coach insists, however, that his track record and knowledge of the game will enable him to succeed in the Premier League.

"I'm sure, 100pc, that I won't have any problem being in the Premier League," he said. "I worked in four or five countries, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Spain, for about nine years, and now England. I know a lot about the Premier League... I have no problem in that sense and I will adapt without problems."

Many City supporters still hold Mancini in affection, but Pellegrini insists he will win them over.

"I'm sure they will enjoy the way we play and I'm sure all of us, together, will reach all the targets Manchester City deserve." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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