Manchester City had to wait several weeks before confirming Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager. Immediately after taking over, the former Malaga manager said that winning the Champions League is his main priority. Despite spending millions of pounds on players, former manager Roberto Mancini was unable to lead the club to success in European competitions. This is believed to be one of the main reasons behind his sacking a few months ago. City failed to retain the Premier league title, while also being trophyless for the last season.
Pellegrini has also not been hugely successful in terms of trophies, but he has overachieved with clubs like Malaga and Villarreal. He has managed to take these clubs into the latter stages of the Champions League, which was unthinkable given their low budget. Pellegrini has said that City clearly have the best squad the Premier league and it’s about time they showed the same on the pitch as well. City suffer from the lack of consistency over the course of last season, as they watched their rivals Manchester United win the 20th Premier league title.
Pellegrini will not have to face the red face of Alex Ferguson next season, as the United manager stepped down to allow Moyes into the position.
“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. With Málaga, I reached the quarter finals of the Champions League and with Villarreal also the quarter finals and semi-finals of the Champions League,” said Pellegrini.