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Pellegrini delighted with Premier League start

26 August 2014 00:47

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed the importance of Monday's triumph over Liverpool after an interrupted pre-season.

Defending champions City maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season with an emphatic 3-1 win at Etihad Stadium.

City, who finished two points clear of Liverpool last term, were led by Stevan Jovetic's brace and super-sub Sergio Aguero as the Manchester outfit sent out an ominous warning to their title rivals.

And even at such an early stage of the 2014-15 campaign, Pellegrini said he understood the importance of winning back-to-back games, having been forced to alter his pre-season preparations due to the World Cup in Brazil.

"It is important to have six points in the first two games, it was a difficult start for us with some [players] with 15 days working," the Chilean boss told Sky Sports.

"It was important to win, especially to win against [a] strong team like Liverpool."

Pellegrini added: "I think the way we worked for the whole game, we played a very good team, a very offensive team.

"We worked without the ball for 95 minutes and with the ball, [we] did enough to create three goals.

"We were not only patient but played with concentration and intensity. It is a pity they scored a goal, but that was a mistake."

Monday's outing also highlighted the quality of Montenegro international Jovetic after an injury-ravaged season in 2013-14.

Jovetic arrived from Fiorentina in a big-money deal but injuries limited the striker to just 11 Premier League appearances in the club's championship-winning campaign.

Though the City faithful are finally getting a taste of what the 24-year-old has to offer, having put his injury woes behind him with five goals during pre-season.

"He was unlucky with injuries and it was difficult to play two or three games in a row, he was patient and has worked hard to come again," said Pellegrini.

"I know he's a very good player, I am very happy for him because he deserves it."

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
25 August 2014
Game week
2
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 1
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
45471

Goals

1 - 0
S. Jovetić 55'
(assist by S. Nasri) 
2 - 0
S. Agüero 69'
(assist by Jesús Navas) 
3 - 0
3 - 1
83' P. Zabaleta (OG)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
15
16 69'
25
3
7
11
13
# Player Bookings
50
23 76'
9
1
4
17
19

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +32 81
2 38 +29 71
3 38 +34 70
4 38 +30 66
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +18 63
7 38 +14 62
8 38 +13 60
9 38 -14 51
10 38 +6 50
11 38 +4 47
12 38 -10 47
13 38 -10 45
14 38 -14 43
15 38 -12 42
16 38 -22 42
17 38 -14 39
18 38 -21 37
19 38 -28 34
20 38 -49 17

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