Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Leicester

Wednesday, 04 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 2 - 1 Man City

Sunday, 01 March 2015, 12:00

Barclays Prem

Pellegrini welcomes pressure

Manuel Pellegrini has insisted he is fully aware of the importance of the first Manchester derby of the season.

Last Updated: 25/09/13 at 18:07 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Fully aware of Manchester rivalry

Manuel Pellegrini: Fully aware of Manchester rivalry

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The City boss and his United counterpart David Moyes will both have their first involvement in the fixture at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

But any claims that the Chilean has little idea of the fierce rivalry in the city have been played down by Pellegrini, who described the clash as a six-pointer despite being so early in the season.

"I don't need to be here to know just how important this game is to everyone," he said.

"I'm well aware. Football in England is different, I hope everyone enjoys it. It's a six-point game, these are two of the teams that will challenge.

"It's important not to be under too much pressure. David Moyes will be feeling some pressure after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, but some pressure is good.

"Yes, I know he had a good record with Everton against City. But with Villarreal I have a good record against him."

City have an identical record to United after taking seven points from their opening four games, the only surprise being a 3-2 defeat by newly-promoted Cardiff.

Pellegrini added: "We have had a good start, but not as good as we want. We must improve every game, it's difficult to change our style and the way we play, but winning makes you improve and we need to improve many things."

City midfielder David Silva has returned to training after a thigh strain, while defender Micah Richards is also close to returning from a hamstring problem, although Pellegrini does not expect either to start on Sunday.

"David Silva and Micah Richards are both back in training but Sunday is likely to come too soon for either to be involved in the squad," said the City boss.

But Vincent Kompany is expected to start after coming through the Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen with no reaction to his groin injury.

Pellegrini said: "I think Vincent is a very important player for us.

"We worked well without Kompany. If you see our numbers in games he didn't play, we had three clean sheets, but he is always important. He gives confidence to the whole team."

Watch the Manchester derby live on Ford Super Sunday, coverage starting at 12.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HD

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

S

toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

megabrow (cufc)
Being Defensive About Being Defensive...

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

Footer 365

Chelsea captain John Terry not planning England return despite Wembley heroics

John Terry has no plans to reconsider his international retirement despite an emotional Capital One Cup win at Wembley.

Eden Hazard says Chelsea desire strong for more trophies

Eden Hazard insists Chelsea will be relentless in their desire to add further honours to Sunday's Capital One Cup success this season.

Greg Dyke offers Wembley as venue for possible FIFA presidential debate

FA chairman Greg Dyke has offered Wembley Stadium to host a FIFA presidential debate, should one be arranged before May's election.

Mail Box

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company