Pre Match Video
Manuel Pellegrini says Leicester City are worthy champions and that is was proud of his squad for their efforts over his time in charge. Sunday’s clash with Arsenal will be his final home game as City boss.
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager:
(on defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday)
“Well, there’s a lot of reasons maybe and even more so the things I can say will be as an excuse so I don’t want to use any excuse. Before the semi-final, if you asked me if I was happy that Real Madrid would score only goal in two games, I would say yes because all of you were very worried about our defending. If you asked me in two games we are not going to score goals and we are not going to shoot at it, it would be very strange before that because we never do it. We will continue always, to be the most (highest) scoring team. For different reasons I’d like to think that we were very impressive, with a lot of imprecision especially in the second game.
“Well maybe Arsenal change it’s way of playing or the style of play when they play against us. The last two games this year in London and last year here at home they were a team that let us have possession of the ball, they were defending. I expect to recover our potential in attacking because So, I hope that on Sunday we can continue being the (highest) scoring team in the Premier League here this season for the third season in a row. To score goals and to try to defend in the same way as we did against Real Madrid.”
(on new Premier League champions Leicester City)
“I think that Leicester deserve a lot of praise. I think it was a very good team, the best team of the year. Not normally but always I think that every year you have a team that nobody expected to be involved in the title (race) but in the way they won the title this season, congratulations I say, because not only because they won all of them, their manager and their players.”
Arsenal subs: Ospina, Gibbs, WIlshere, Walcott, Cazorla, Campbell, Coquelin.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Ramsey; Alexis, Iwobi, Welbeck; Giroud.
Man City subs: Caballero, Sterling, Bony, Delph, Demichelis, Toure, Tasende.
Man City (4-4-2): Hart; Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Clichy; Navas, Fernando, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Iheanacho, Aguero.