Manuel Pellegrini - Confidence or adding to unnecessary pressure?

Manuel Pellegrini

New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has continued to pile pressure on himself.

It’s an appointment that everyone knew about and expected a couple of weeks ago and already the new boss at the Etihad Stadium is talking up his ambitions.

Pellegrini is a very good appointment but he may have just shot himself in the foot with the claim that he will start wining things in his very first season in charge of the club.

City are now a huge club thanks to their money, which means the pressure there to win silverware is as high as at any other top level club and if he doesn’t make good on his claims, he could be shown the exit door very quickly.

“Everyone knows that if you arrive at a club like Manchester City you need to win titles - It was not successful this time but I am sure in the next years we will win — maybe the Premier League, the Champions League. But we’ll try to win the lot,” he said.

Very positive to read if you’re a Manchester City fan but football is now a sport, littered with examples of managers being hired and then sacked for not bringing in trophies on a regular basis.

City do have as good a chance as any side of winning the Premier League title next season as both Chelsea and Manchester United head into the new season with brand new managers.

However, that could make them equally determined to make the sort of claims and have the same sort of ambitions as the new Manchester City boss.

It’s extremely doubtful as to whether Pellegrini’s claims about the Champions League will actually prove the side to be any different to how they have already performed in Europe.

City struggled massively last season against some very experienced and talented sides in a tough group.

Their chances of getting a tough group again are as good as they were last season and the season before that, which will make things even more difficult for the new coach who is now under immense pressure.

Pellegrini seems to be relying on a lot going right next season as opposed to issues which could damage his team and dent the claims he has just made.

City don’t have a lot of fans in England outside of their own supporters because of the way they have achieved their success and the position they would be in were it not for their investment.

They have a chance to win over some neutrals and Pellegrini has just blown that, maintaining the hopes of those fans that they fall way short next season.

Is Pellegrini creating unnecessary pressure for himself and the club?

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