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Pellegrini wary of second-season collapse

18 August 2014, 17:30

London - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remains wary of avoiding another "disaster" the season after winning a Premier League title, despite the comfortable nature of Sunday's opening 2-0 victory at Newcastle United.

Three years ago, City claimed their first top-flight title in 44 years under Italian Roberto Mancini but were off the pace during their defence the following season, finishing well behind local rivals Manchester United in second spot.

Last season brought another league crown to the Etihad Stadium in Pellegrini's first campaign at the club, and he said they could not afford to rest on their laurels if they hoped to avoid another letdown.

"This team won the title two years ago and the next season was a disaster, it wasn't a useful year for anyone," the Chilean told the BBC.

"Last season, Manchester United had a disaster (finished seventh) after winning the title.

"It's important from the beginning that we understand we won the title last season and need to win again this year."

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City were not at their thrilling best at St James' Park, with some players not up to full fitness and Newcastle showing some steel that was missing for much of last season.

However, their attacking riches proved the difference, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko combining to set up David Silva before halftime and Sergio Aguero adding a second late on.

Fernando, a 15 million euros ($20.08 million) arrival from Porto, was confident on his midfield debut and with Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero and Frank Lampard not featuring, Pellegrini was confident he had the squad depth to claim repeat Premier League titles for the first time.

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- Reuters


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