Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany said on Tuesday (July 23) that new coach Manuel Pellegrini has brought flair to the club.
City will be looking to reclaim the Premier League title which they lost to rivals Manchester United last season and Kompany says he is impressed by Chilean Pellegrini, who left Spanish side Malaga to replace Roberto Mancini in May.
“There is a certain flair to his method and he looks like a very human, decent being as well,” said Kompany
“We’ve trained really hard, we’ve adapted probably to a new style but I think everybody in the team is well is hungry to learn. As I said, we have to be better than last season so we have to learn and we have to improve. Whatever he’s done so far is done with a lot of class and method, you know. So for us it’s a good thing. For a group that wants to push itself it’s a good thing.”
City are in Hong Kong for the Barclay’s Asia Trophy, which sees them compete alongside fellow English sides Manchester City and Sunderland as well as local league champions South China in the tournament in the former British colony.
New signings Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic only joined up with the squad in Hong Kong on Monday and assistant manager Brian Kidd said they will not be ready for Wednesday’s opening match against South China.
“We’ll obviously be short for the game tomorrow. David Silva, Jesus Navas played in the Confederations Cup finished the 30th of June. And Stevan and Alvaro have just come in as well, so they’re short of, you know, match fitness. So I think tomorrow’s game will come too soon for them,” he said.
“There are quite a number of the players in this squad who are at different levels of fitness at the moment. But in saying that, games bring a bounce, so the sooner they get involved in the games, the better.”