No Premier League title pressure at Man City, Pellegrini insists

Manuel Pellegrini does not feel under pressure to win the Premier League title next season, his first as Manchester City manager, despite Roberto Mancini being sacked after City failed to defend their crown last season, BBC Sport has reported.

Pellegrini was speaking at his first press conference as City manager and said that while success was the goal, there was more to his job than that. “I’m not only here to win trophies, I’m here to work with young players,” the former Malaga boss said. “I’m not concerned about finishing second. I’m not concerned about the pressures.

As a coach we want immediate success. I’m trying to have a strong squad that can bring us trophies,” the 59-year-old added.

Mancini was sacked shortly after City lost the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic, a defeat that ensured the Blues would end the season without a trophy after winning the league and the cup in their prior two campaigns. The axe fell on the Italian a year to the day they sealed the title in dramatic fashion, a last-gasp Sergio Aguero goal on the final day of the season giving City the title on goal difference ahead of Manchester United.

Pellegrini went on to say that he would not value one competition over any other, but did call on City to improve their record in Europe. “We don’t prioritise one more than the other,” Pellegrini added. “Man City need to improve on how they’ve performed in the Champions League, while the Premier League is very important.

The Chilean has extensive experience in the Champions League, taking unfancied Villarreal to the semi-finals in 2006 and financially-stricken Malaga to the quarter-finals last season.

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