Here we are in October already.
Pellegrini said: “Tomorrow we play a hard team in Newcastle who played very well against Chelsea“.
“We have been inconsistent from the start of the season“.
Although, if the trip to Manchester offers anything, it is the opportunity to ignite the season. “You then build and improve your game“. They are one point below Manchester United.
Pearce himself played 37 games for Newcastle after leaving Nottingham Forest, a game less than he played in the blue of City.
It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could emerge victorious from their venture to the Etihad Stadium, especially given that City suffered a surprise 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
The Magpies appointed Steve McClaren this summer and underwent something of a rebuilding process as he signed a number of new players to freshen up his squad. It could have easily been 10-0 that night, but City mercifully downed tools with the game won before half-time.
However, the Magpies’ strong performance against Chelsea last weekend should come into this match with more confidence than usual over the past few weeks, making odds of (2.80) look like strong value on them at least finding the net before leaving Manchester empty-handed. They covered 115.61 kilometres, whereas Chelsea managed 113.22, which is definitely encouraging against the team that won the league last season.
Against Newcastle City will be looking to avoid losing their third consecutive league match, a run which they last were on in November 2008.
Manuel Pelligrini in Manchester City’s parade after winning the Premier League in 2014.
It was two years ago that Newcastle ended an even worse sequence against Man United, when Yohan Cabaye scored the first victor at Old Trafford since 1972. I hope after this break, a lot of them will be fit.
Is it surprising to see Newcastle struggling after their brush with relegation last season?
15% of Newcastle fans wouldn’t go near a supporter of rivals Sunderland, while 22% of Spurs fans wouldn’t want to date someone who followed Arsenal.
The Citizens will be without his skipper Vincent Kompany and a host of first-team regulars, but their manager maintained that his side could pull off a victory in spite of the absence of the Belgian powerhouse and added that a single player could never influence the progress of the team.