Midfielder calls for patience with new set-up.
Manchester City midfielder James Milner says the club’s results will improve once the players adapt to the methods of new manager Manuel Pellegrini, according to the Telegraph.
The Chilean was brought in from La Liga side Malaga this summer to replace Roberto Mancini, who was sacked towards the end of last season following a poor campaign and a shock defeat to underdogs Wigan in the FA Cup final.
Pellegrini is highly regarded in the game for his work with several clubs in Spain, but his Manchester City side have been slow to get going this season, dropping points again this weekend in a disappointing 0-0 draw away to Stoke City.
Milner is confident that things can improve though, and believes the club need to adapt to the new changes made by the manager and to the arrival of some new players as well, with Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic all moving to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
“We’d like to have a few more points,” he admitted. “In the first game we played really well, setting our standards high, and since then we haven’t quite hit those, for whatever reason.
“We have a new manager and new players coming into the club so it will take time for everyone to get on the same page but the longer time we spend together, and the longer we play together, the better and we now have a few weeks before the next break.
“That’s more time without everyone jetting off, and the more we are together the better the manager can get across his ideas and we can work together.”
City will be hoping for an improvement in midweek when they kick off their Champions League campaign against Viktoria Plzen, as they have failed to progress in the tournament in their recent attempts under Mancini.