Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has talked up his side’s chances of winning the Barclays Premier League this year, despite their indifferent form during pre-season.
The Blues suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat against La Liga giants Real Madrid and then more surprisingly conceded four against last season’s Bundesliga strugglers VfB Stuttgart in their final warm-up game last weekend.
Their form in the build-up to the 2015-16 campaign has seen their title credentials questioned by many in the media over the past few days, but Pellegrini has insisted that his team have what it takes to be crowned champions of England for the third time in five seasons:
“I am absolutely sure that we are going to have a very successful season. We must bring back the title here to our fans,” the Chilean boss stressed [via Guardian Sport].
“We are sure, as I have just said, that we are going to bring it back. We had a good pre-season,” Pellegrini added.
City begin the new season with a trip to the Hawthorns on Monday night as they face a tricky encounter against West Brom before welcoming reigning champions Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium six days later.
In a bid to reclaim their title, England international duo Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph have joined to bolster the squad and there is still hope that highly-rated Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne will be the club’s final signing of the summer.
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