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18 Aug 2013 16:02:08

Pellegrini in relaxed mood

Manuel Pellegrini is ready to hit the ground the running as his Manchester City career begins in earnest this week.

The Chilean has slipped effortlessly into the managerial hotseat vacated at the Etihad Stadium by Roberto Mancini at the end of last season.

Pellegrini already claims to feel at home and is comfortable with his squad as he prepares to launch their Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle on Monday.

The 59-year-old has a daunting challenge ahead of him having been told the club not only want to win the biggest prizes, but want to do so in style and with a harmonious dressing room.

He also has a host of other responsibilities relating to City's much-noted "holistic approach" to all footballing matters but none of this fazes him.

The former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga boss said: "It is my first time here in England and it is a different league.

"(Whether it is) more difficult or less difficult we will see during the year, but for me (it is) exactly the same.

"I worked for nine years in Europe and I saw a lot of matches in the Premier League every weekend.

"I played in the Champions League against English Premier League teams so I know a lot about this.

"And living here now, of course, I see more."


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