Next Game

Stuttgart v Man City

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 16:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Man City 1 - 4 R Madrid

Friday, 24 July 2015, 11:00

Int Champs Cup Australia

Pellegrini 'proud' of record

New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has rejected the suggestion that he does not have the track record to manage a top Premier League club.

Last Updated: 11/07/13 at 12:44 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Proud of his managerial record in Spain

Manuel Pellegrini: Proud of his managerial record in Spain

The 59-year-old's first match in charge of City will be against Supersport United in Pretoria this Sunday, followed by another in Durban next Thursday.

City, who arrived in South Africa on Thursday morning, will then head to the Far East to take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy which will be shown on Sky Sports 1 HD and could include a match against Tottenham - depending on how results go.

On their return from Hong Kong, City face further friendlies against AC Milan and Arsenal ahead of the new season with Pellegrini backing himself to deliver success to the Etihad Stadium.

But despite a lack of trophies in Spain, the Chilean insists he was a success at Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga.

Pellegrini said: "I won a lot of trophies in South America, then I started with Villarreal and it is very difficult for Villarreal to win a title in Spain.

"It is very difficult to arrive with Villarreal at the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League, or finish second in the league - 10 points behind Barcelona - but that is my work at Villarreal. To win a title is impossible.

"At Real Madrid, we finished second in my only season with 96 points, when we played a whole year against a great Barcelona.

"I am sure that, if I had stayed at Real Madrid, we could have won a lot of trophies.

"Malaga was exactly the same as Villarreal. You can't win the title with Malaga in Spain but we reached the Champions League quarter-finals and could have continued to the semi-finals but for a referee against Dortmund.

"It is a very important time in my career in Europe and with a strong squad, as we have here in Manchester, I am absolutely sure we can win trophies."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

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