Former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini has criticised the approach of his former club with regard to Rafa Benitez, who recently lost his job after just six months in charge of the team.
Many feel that Benitez was not given enough time to show his true colours at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Pellegrini is not surprised since Madrid have always been a tough club to deal with on a political level. The control of the club resides with the president, who does not think twice about changing a manager when results do not go according to plan.
Manchester City is expected to have a busy summer transfer window as Manuel Pellegrini wants to get over the disappointing season of the Premier League where they finished in the 2nd spot but failed on winning any major trophy after being knocked out from the Champions League and losing the league race against Chelsea.
French midfielder Samir Nasri has tried to work the mind games by suggesting that Chelsea do not seem to be anything special despite having a seven-point advantage in the table.
Manchester City’s failure to win a home match against relegation threatened Hull City saw Chelsea increase their lead to 7 points with 13 matches left to play. Even though the two teams have failed to beat each other when they met earlier this season, Nasri recalls that City were easily the best team in both matches.
Chelsea struggled to keep the 10 man City out in the 1-1 draw earlier in this season.
The injuries have hit Manchester City quite hard recently. Their key players have been ruled out for several weeks leaving the manager Manuel Pellegrini with very few options.
The Sky Blues have lost almost all their first choice attackers to injury. The likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, they are going to be unavailable for the next three games at least and Pellegrini, in all likelihood, would now be going with the make shift strikers.
One of the players whom the City boss can think of using in the front line is Samir Nasri.
Samir Nasri had a smooth operation of his groin yesterday and he has now started his recovery period. He is supposed to remain out for about 4-5 weeks.
Nasri’s groin condition had been getting worse and worse and it was turning out to be pretty hard for him to get through even the training sessions. So, the medical staff of Manchester City advised him to get the surgery done.
Samir Nasri has said that he would try to make sure that his game reaches new height this summer.
Samir Nasri’s international career was dealt with a big blow after France was eliminated from the UEFA Euro 2012 and the French midfielder was involved with a scandal surrounding a French journalist which concluded with Nasri getting banned for 3 matches.
With the 2014 World Cup approaching, coaches of each participating nation have to create a short-list of players which they will be bringing to Brazil. It’s a dream of every player around the world to represent their country and lift the World Cup trophy but Nasri is not very optimistic about his chances of getting called up.
Manchester City’s last game of the year 2013 was scheduled to be against Tottenham, a team that for the longest of times has been finishing at the top 5 spots of the Premier League. Manchester City was the clear favorites on winning this match but not by such a wide margin as the final scoreboard of 5-1 displayed at the end of it all.
Goals from Aguero, Toure, Dzeko, Jovetic and Kompany were more than enough for them to cruise past Tottenham. The boss of Tottenham, Tim Sherwood stated on a press conference after the match concluded that Manchester City was the best team on the planet.
Manchester City recently made it into the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history, but they are undoubtedly one of the strongest teams at this stage of the competition.
Even though they finished only second in the group stages to Bayern Munich, they improved dramatically as the competition progressed. They even managed to beat Bayern Munich on their home soil in the final group match. Due to their impressive run, every team will be fearing the worst when it comes to facing City in the knockout stages according to midfielder Samir Nasri.
French midfielder Samir Nasri is set for a new lease of life under the management of Manuel Pellegrini after a year of suffering under Roberto Mancini. Nasri was extremely relieved after the departure of Mancini, as he did not treat him well according to the player.
The 26-year-old is expected to play a key role in the city team this season. However, he is already looking forward to the future and he is keen on playing in the MLS. Nasri came to English football from French club Olympique Marseille, who he holds in the highest regard.