Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester City got off to a great start to the season winning their first five league games and at that time they were a full 11 points clear of last season’s Premier League Champions Chelsea.
But they have surprisingly lost their last two league games against West Ham and Tottenham and the City manager is well aware that Newcastle tend to play well against the big clubs.
Manuel Pellegrini – wary of Newcastle
We’ve played well at Old Trafford and did well with 10 men against Arsenal and should have beaten Chelsea last Saturday.
So Pellegrini is aware that Newcastle could give them a game tomorrow.
Whether we will or not is an open question because if nothing else so far this season Newcastle have been inconsistent .
That is something that Steve McClaren stressed a number of times in his press conference this afternoon for this game.
This is what Manuel has said about tomorrow’s game:
“Tomorrow we have a tough game against Newcastle.” “They played very well against Chelsea and here in Manchester against United.”
“We are not thinking of the top of the table at this moment – just to have a strong performance.” “It’s important to be at the top in May.”
“We know we are going to have eight or nine players defending so we have to create the space.”
Newcastle are still looking for their first win and if we play poorly and lose tomorrow, we could well be at the bottom of the league table over the two week International break if Sunderland do well at home to West Ham.
That should be an extra incentive to the Newcastle players to do well tomorrow.
We hope we can get something out of the game.