Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has insisted he would not swap the squad at his club with any other in the Premier League – including the champions Manchester United, the
United reclaimed the title from City with an 11-point margin, having lost out to their neighbours a year earlier on goal difference. In response to giving up the trophy after only 12 months – and failing to win any other prize despite the players available – Roberto Mancini was sacked, with Manuel Pellegrini expected to replace the Italian at the Etihad Stadium.
And Soriano believes that Pellegrini will be working with the best squad in the division. He said: “We believe we have a fantastic squad. It would be very hard for us to change the players for any others – and that includes the champions of the league. My position is that we don’t need to change our players for other players. We have a very good squad. We want to play very good football, we want to play better.
“The squad we have is a squad capable of winning the Premier League, and not a squad that should be kicked out at the group stage of the Champions League. These things can happen – this is football and we all understand football – but we have better players than that,” Soriano continued.
City’s next manager will also be asked to ensure the team plays attractive football, Soriano revealed, with the Spaniard valuing the entertainment on offer even higher than the trophies the team wins.
“Nobody wants to change a manager, but we all want to play good football and we all want to win,” Soriano said. “Roberto did very good for the club. He changed the mentality, he changed it from a club that was not winning to a winning club, and that’s very hard.
“That’s all good, but we are now looking for several things. We are looking to play good football and to win – and I said that in the right order.”
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