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Lessons learnt from last year, says Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini heaped praise on his squad for a “professional” display against Everton on Merseyside, and said City are responding to the lessons of last season.

Aleks Kolarov and Samir Nasri got the goals to give the Blues a 2-0 win at Goodison Park and equal a 103-year club record of nine consecutive victories.

The manager was clearly pleased with the consistent level of performance throughout the 90 minutes in both halves of the field.

Pellegrini declared: "It was a very professional performance against a strong team at Goodison. In both halves we were consistent and solid, and we had more chances to score than Everton.

“Again we scored two and kept a clean sheet so I think we are working very well as a team in both defence and attack.”

He added: “In the Premier League, when you play away it is tough. We analysed what happened last season and although it wasn’t a disaster because we finished second and we were the team who scored the most goals, we were not consistent through the whole year.

“We lost points against teams who were fighting relegation, so I think after three games you can see we have learnt those lessons. It is only August and we finish in May, so it is important to keep playing, working and thinking in the same way as we are doing.”

Raheem Sterling was roundly booed by the Everton faithful but got his revenge by setting up the opening goal with a wonderful ball for Kolarov.

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The partnership between the English forward and Serbian left back looked extremely dangerous throughout, and the boss admitted that the summer signing brings something different to the table as City prepare to fight across four fronts at home and abroad.

Manuel declared: “I said when he arrived here that he is a different player, and we didn’t have a player with his characteristics last season. He is a very important player in one v ones near the box, and it was a beautiful pass in for Aleks who finished very well. For the second goal it was a beautiful pass from Toure.

“But it is important to say that we are just starting the season, and have played only three games. Now after Watford we are going to play eight games a month so it is important to have all the squad involved in our target for the year.”

City return to the Etihad Stadium for their next engagement, and welcome new boys Watford on Saturday afternoon when they will be hoping to smash the club record number of wins that has stood for over a century.

However, the manager has his eye on the three points to keep the Blues top of the fledgling Premier League table – and to earn them in style.

Said Manuel: “Before the game someone told me that if we won today we would equal a club record after so many years.

“It’s important to win nine games in a row but it is more important to be top of the table, and the most important thing is to see the team playing in the way we are doing.”


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