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Nasri relishing ´important´ role, says Pellegrini

2 December 2013 09:16

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Samir Nasri is thriving under greater responsibility at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Arsenal midfielder scored twice in Sunday's 3-0 Premier League win over Swansea, continuing his finest run of form in a City shirt.

Having often flattered to deceive under the stewardship of Roberto Mancini, Nasri has blossomed into a key figure following the close-season arrival of Pellegrini, assuming a particularly integral role in light of David Silva's injury lay-off over the past month.

"I think he is happy," said the Chilean manager. "Maybe he feels like now he is again an important player and the way the team plays is very comfortable for him also."

Pellegrini is far from surprised by the quality Nasri has shown this season.

"All of you know that he's a big player," added the 60-year-old.

"Before he was at City I managed against him in the Champions League (when Pellegrini was in charge of Villarreal for a quarter-final against Arsenal) and he's a very, very good player.

"He's again playing in the way he knows how to play."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
1 December 2013
Game week
13
Kick-off
17:10
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
46559

Goals

Negredo 8'  
1 - 0
S. Nasri 58'
(assist by Y. Touré) 
2 - 0
S. Nasri 77'
(assist by P. Zabaleta) 
3 - 0

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Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7
13
10
1
2
14
17
# Player Bookings
15
12
1
2
3
14
41

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3

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