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Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of Manchester City for the first time in Premier League action at home to Newcastle United on Monday night.

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Manuel Pellegrini: Aiming for a perfect start to his Manchester City career agai

Manuel Pellegrini: Aiming for a perfect start to his Manchester City career agai

Manchester City's new manager Manuel Pellegrini says he and his summer signings have no time to settle into their new surroundings and wants a fast start when they kick-off the new campaign against the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium.

The Chilean replaced Roberto Mancini in June and has spent nearly £90million new Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo.

The 59-year-old is hopeful those arrivals can give City the added firepower required to snatch the title back from rivals Manchester United, who opened their campaign with a 4-1 thumping of Swansea on Saturday.

Cheslea and Tottenham also opened their seasons with three points 24 hours later, meaning City will be desperate to follow suit on Monday.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be hoping for a much improved campaign after briefly flirting with relegation last season.

The Toon struggled to cope with the added rigours of European football and their eventual 16th place finish was a huge disappointment after ending in fifth the year before.

The summer saw the surprise return of Joe Kinnear as director of football, a move that raised eyebrows among the fans who still remember the 66-year-old's ill-fated first spell in charge in 2008/09, a season that eventually saw the club relegated.

Kinnear's attempts to bolster the squad have so far been met with frustration, with the loan signing of QPR forward Loic Remy the only major arrival so far.

Despite the lack of new faces Pardew has been quick to play down talk of a rift between him and the former Wimbledon boss and insists that sprits are high going into the campaign.

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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