Video: Manuel Pellegrini hails ‘perfect’ first match as Man City manager
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has described his first competitive game in charge as “perfect”.
Last season’s runners-up won their Premier League opener against Newcastle 4-0 at the Etihad last night, and their Chilean manager was pleased with what he saw.
He said: “It was all perfect for my first match here in the Premier League. The fans were incredible, always supporting the team.
“The score is an important score – it’s not easy to score four goals, so it was all perfect.”
Pellegrini also said that the attacking philosophy he hopes to impose on the team this season must be built on a solid defence, and was pleased with what he saw in last night’s game.
He said: “To be an attacking team we must need to know how to defend and I think that today we did both things very well.
“That’s why I’m pleased about the way that my team play because we play as an offensive team, we scored four goals, but when we didn’t have the ball all of them, the 11 of them, work hard to operate.”