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Man City boss Pellegrini praises Jovetic

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By Stephen Donovan

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini singled out striker Stevan Jovetic for praise after the Montenegro international scored twice in their 3-1 win over fellow title hopefuls Liverpool, reports the Guardian.

Stevan Jovetic

The Reds controlled much of the opening 40 minutes, but often lack the incision to unlock the home defence, with Daniel Sturridge seeing their only significant attempt on goal saved by Joe Hart at his near post.

The champions then caught them on the break with Jovetic robbing Liverpool debutant Alberto Moreno before firing powerfully past Simon Mignolet. He then made it two in the second half when he converted a low cross.

Substitute Sergio Aguero then wrapped the game up with a low finish just seconds after coming on, before Liverpool grabbed a consolation with eight minutes to go as Pablo Zabaleta put the ball into his own net, but Pellegrini was delighted with the win, saying: “For me these are games of six points – especially when you play at home.

‘Liverpool is an important team and one that will be fighting for the title. We have had a hard start to the season so it is important for us to win the second game.”

On Jovetic’s performance, he added: “He was working the whole game, without the ball too. He was very unlucky last season but we never had any doubt about this quality. To start the season in this way after an unlucky new season is good.

“I don’t think it is like a new signing. We need four strikers. At this moment Stevan is doing very well but you cannot forget [Álvaro] Negredo is injured. We need four. [Edin] Dzeko and Jovetic and Agüero are working well. It is important that they continue playing the way they did.”

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