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Dzeko: Pellegrini backing key

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko admits he has a renewed confidence in his abilities since the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as manager.

Last Updated: 01/08/13 at 17:21 Post Comment

Edin Dzeko: In confident mood since the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini

Edin Dzeko: In confident mood since the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was often a bit-part player under previous boss Roberto Mancini, making many of his appearances off the substitutes' bench.

Dzeko still managed to score 15 goals though and has looked impressive in pre-season, where he has been on target in City's Barclays Asia Trophy games against South China and Sunderland.

The 27-year-old also scored twice in their 5-3 victory over AC Milan in the Audi Cup in Munich to leave him in a more positive frame mind ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

"I feel different, better. I feel I have more confidence, the manager gives me more confidence. That is an important thing," he said.

Pellegrini has publically offered his backing to Dzeko, describing him as a "top striker" and insisting he can reproduce the form that made his name at Wolfsburg.

When asked if his support was important, Dzeko added: "Of course it is. I think you can see on the pitch how I play.

"I feel different, also because you know someone who is important has trusted you. It is good, for now it is looking good."

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