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Pellegrini: Style of play as important as title win

8 May 2014 00:29

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini feels the way that his side have played this season is as important as winning the Premier League.

Pellegrini's men surged two points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table with one game left to play after a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday, a second-half Edin Dzeko double and late goals from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure ensuring victory.

City, who have scored 100 Premier League goals in 2013-14, will secure the title with a draw against West Ham on Sunday, barring a massive swing in goal difference.

And the Chilean believes that the manner in which City have performed has a similar significance to claiming a second English top-flight title in three years.

"Now we can talk about the title because if we win the next game we are going to win the title," said Pellegrini, who is approaching the end of his first season in charge at the Etihad Stadium.

"It will be very important not only for the title, but in the way that we are going to win the title.

"I think that we have a style of play, I think that we are an attractive team, I think that we score many goals, that we are always thinking to score more goals and that for me has the same importance as the title.

"I am very happy to have managed this team in that way.

"That is what we've done the whole season, maybe with a lot of critics at the beginning because we lost two or three games playing away.

"There are different ways to win titles, I choose this one. This one has attractive football, that fans enjoy the season. Maybe you can win titles in another way, for me it is very important the aesthetic part of the game."

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
7 May 2014
Game week
29
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47023

Goals

E. Džeko 64'
(assist by P. Zabaleta) 
1 - 0
E. Džeko 72'  
2 - 0
S. Jovetić 89'
(assist by Y. Touré) 
3 - 0
Y. Touré 90'+3  
4 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
35 89' 89'
25
9
2
6
22
30
# Player Bookings
7
37
40
13
18
24
29

Monday 28 July

20:14
19:30
19:30
18:55
18:52
18:47
18:44
17:46
17:22
17:10
16:55
16:54
16:52
16:18
15:49
15:43
15:32
14:59
14:51
14:23
13:58
13:38
12:35
11:56
11:36
11:05
10:48
10:28
09:44
08:53
08:30
07:51
07:48
07:21
06:48
06:30
05:48
05:47
05:31
04:23
04:19
03:59
03:04
02:59
02:15
02:07
00:30
00:20

Sunday 27 July

23:32
23:02
22:13
21:34
20:35
19:47
19:35
19:16
19:04
18:11
16:39
16:31
16:19
16:11
15:20
15:16
14:46
14:27
13:10
12:40
12:25
12:06
11:42
11:22
11:04
10:47
10:34
10:09
09:43
07:14
06:31
06:11
05:03
05:00
04:57
04:07
03:05
02:30
02:29
01:10
00:16
00:10

Saturday 26 July

23:25
22:19
21:14
21:08
20:47
19:44
18:57
18:43
18:32
18:21
18:06
17:40
17:25
16:36
15:16
15:09
14:38
14:22
14:13
13:48
13:26
12:59
12:41
11:24
11:13
10:43
10:36
09:45
09:18
08:58
07:26
06:50
06:41
06:21
05:33
04:55
04:16
03:45
03:19
03:16
02:14
01:50
01:10
00:46

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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