Manchester City v AC Milan : Pellegrini looking for improvement in Audi Cup

Manchester City face Serie A side  AC Milan on Wednesday evening in the Audi Cup.

The two day tournament will also feature Bayern Munich and Sao Paulo and will take place in the Allianz Arena in Munich.

City won the Barclays Asia Trophy this week in a 1-0 victory over Sunderland.  Edin Dzeko, who new manager Manuel Pellegrini is giving a second chance to at the club, scored the decisive goal and will hope to impress again on Wednesday evening if selected.

City’s new manager said in the aftermath of the victory:  “I thought we gave a good performance. It’s important in a friendly match to improve and we have improved here in Hong Kong from South Africa.

“I’ve given minutes to all the players. I make changes not because the players are playing good or bad but because I want to give them minutes.  

“At least we are trying to play in the right way. This pitch was not easy, but we did well.”

New signing Jesus Navas, who was a second half substitution in the Sunderland game has spoken recently about his excitement ahead of the new campaign.

The ex-Sevilla winger told City’s official website:  “It’s an exciting time to be joining City and I’m confident we will enjoy the season and do great things together.

“Obviously I know Alvaro well. He was a team-mate of mine at Sevilla and he scores lots of goals. I’m very pleased to see him following me to City.

“For me, it was very clear what I wanted to do. I wanted to join City. Both Alvaro and I were convinced that City is a great club to join.

“We want to try to recreate the partnership in the Premier League. But really it’s a team effort – it will be down to all of us if we are going to be successful.

“I know my place isn’t guaranteed – I always knew that coming here,” he said. “I know I face a big challenge but I’m here to give 100% and not take it for granted that I will always be in the team.

“Of course, we all know we have to earn our places in the team. It’s definitely going to be exciting and fun to watch. But the most important thing is to win the games we play and be successful.”

The match will also be the first time Mario Balotelli has faced his former side since he left last seasons Premier League runners up in the last transfer window.

The players involvement will add spice to a game that lacks real significance but will be a helpful barometer for which to measure the two sides pre-season progress ahead of big seasons for both clubs, both domestically and in Europe.



Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.