Pellegrini putting fitness first at Man City

New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has had his players training three times a day in order to maximise their fitness ahead of the new Premier League campaign, the Daily Mail has reported.

City are currently training in South Africa ahead of a couple of friendlies in the country but under the watch of fitness coach Jose Cabello, City’s Durban base has played host to triple training sessions – and Pellegrini insists his new charges have no complaints over the regime.

The most important thing at the moment is the fitness and they’re working very hard with Jose,” Pellegrini said. “In terms of football, they’re just playing small games of six or seven-a-side with one touch, but nothing more.

I’ve not had a problem with them. It’s logical that at the beginning they ask a lot of different things. They’ve worked very hard with us and they’re comfortable with each other.

City’s first game under Pellegrini’s control is on Sunday in Pretoria against SuperSport United, with a match in Durban against AmaZulu FC to come on Thursday, but Pellegrini – the former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga Coach – is not concerned with the result – fitness is uppermost in his thoughts at this stage in the summer. “For me, as the coach, it’s not important to win,” Pellegrini said. “We’re not trying to win that much against the team we have to play on Sunday or Thursday.

It’s important that all the players have a similar average of minutes so we can work the whole month of July with the whole squad and not just with the team trying to win one match. After July is finished and in August when the Premier League nears it’s more important to start winning and playing with just one team,” the Chilean added.

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