Dzeko praise for Pellegrini

Edin Dzeko has criticized Roberto Mancini while praising the Italian’s successor at Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini, for showing the belief that has helped the striker to an impressive start to the season, reports The Guardian.

Dzeko, 27, was constantly rotated within Mancini’s plans, sparking one shameful moment coming two years ago against Wednesday’s Champions League opponents, Bayern Munich.

The Manchester City striker was taken off after 55 minutes by Mancini at the Allianz Arena during the group stages of the 2011-12 competition, with City losing 2-0. The decision angered the forward who engaged in a touchline spat with Mancini before throwing his tracksuit to the turf.

This presaged Carlos Tevez refusing to warm-up, which subsequently caused the Argentinian’s major fall-out with Mancini and club.

Dzeko has scored four goals in nine appearances under new boss Pellegrini, and said: “I think my form is a tribute to the new coach. The manager is very important to a player’s form, and I have noticed a difference. I think for every player it is important he knows the manager believes in him, and it is important he has the confidence of the manager. That helps you to find the best form.”

Pellegrini has confirmed that David Silva and Sergio Aguero are both on the squad list for Wednesday’s clash with Bayern Munich, despite nursing injuries. “David is in the squad list. He can be at least some minutes tomorrow.” The manager said.

“Sergio is fit and he is also on the list.” Pellegrini added.

Pellegrini has never beaten Guardiola as manager of Villarreal, Malaga or Real Madrid, but will be hoping for a change of fortune at the Etihad Stadium.

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