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Pellegrini Not In Dreamland Yet

Manchester City know their new manager shares their vision for where the club wants to be.

After all, here is a man who dreams big. Really big.

Chilean Manuel Pellegrini says he enjoyed his first league match in charge at the Etihad, and that it was “very special.”

But he does not consider City’s imperious 4-0 swatting aside of the pesky Magpies from Newcastle as a “dream start.”

One shudders to think how many goals this attacking City side needs to score before Pellegrini feels like he is in a dream!

Whatever the case may be, City have certainly fired a warning to their main rivals for the Premier League title that they will be a major force to be reckoned with this season.

Goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri capped off a swashbuckling display of ruthless attacking football, which looked likely to end in a massacre even before Newcastle had a man sent off.

And while he may not have been shouting it from the rooftops, Pellegrini was certainly satisfied with the ominous start his City charges have made to their season laced with ambition.

"Always the first match is special," said Pellegrini after the match, which sent City to the top of the table.

“This is a very special night for me and very important to win for the trust of the team. I don't think it is a dream start – it is a very good start.

“I was very confident the team would play well. We worked very hard during pre-season, trying another style of football, and maybe we can continue improving every week but for the first match I think we did it very well."  

“The most pleasing aspect is the way the team played for 90 minutes, not winning by one or two or three goals," Pellegrini added.

"We had from the beginning the attitude to play as an aggressive team, as an offensive team, and we continued to attack during the 90 minutes. That is very important. The most important thing always is to win but after it is the way we did it."

Chelsea looked good in cruising to their win against Hull at the weekend, and Manchester United proved that even without a host of new signings, there is life in the champions after Fergie.

But after the first round of Premier League fixtures, the loudest warning shots have surely been fired from the Etihad.

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