Manchester City midfielder feels liked again under Pellegrini

Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri became the fall guy at Manchester City after a series of below-par performances were amplified by his role in a damaging derby defeat.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed how he is enjoying a new lease of life under Manuel Pellegrini after helping his side to success in the Capital One Cup final this weekend.

Nasri scored a stunning goal to complete his side's comeback from 1-0 down against Sunderland at Wembley, and he is enjoying an impressive season at the Etihad Stadium, having netted seven goals in all competitions to date.

But last term was not so rosy, as Nasri experienced something of a come-down from his pivotal role in City's 2011-2012 title-winning campaign. 

He was blamed for ducking out of the way of Robin van Persie's last-minute free-kick in a Manchester derby defeat, which would prove City's undoing and he was also criticised for his sub-standard displays.

Credit to the Frenchman for re-discovering the sort of form he showed in the latter stages of his Arsenal career which convinced City to shell out some £24million for his services.

And, following the cup win, Nasri admitted he is enjoying life at Eastlands once more. 

"I was enemy no1 after the [Robin] Van Persie free kick," he told French publication L'Equipe in an interview later picked up by Sky Sports.

"Now I'm liked at Manchester City. [Manuel] Pellegrini trusts me, he reminds me of [Arsene] Wenger."

Nasri also sought to refute accusations levelled at him which paint him as a big-headed individual.

"I may appear arrogant but I just want to be sure of myself," he added. "It upsets me not to be liked in my own country."

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