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Sunday 14 July 2013

Friendly review: Loss no concern for Pellegrini

Man City manager sees team lose in his first match in charge, while Arsenal win easily in Indonesia

  • Pellegrini said he was targeting signing at least two more players

  • City's Gareth Barry tries to find a way through Supersport United

  • Micah Richards was one of more than 20 City players who played in Durban

  • Arsenal's starting XI against an Indonesia All Star XI

  • Giroud scored twice shortly after coming on as a second-half substitute

Manuel Pellegrini saw his Manchester City go down to defeat in his first match in charge. The new City manager’s side lost 2-0 to Supersport United in Pretoria but the result did not concern the Chilean.

“We’re not prepared to play the way we want them to play so this was a normal match for pre-season,” Pellegrini told the City website. “I’m not worried and this is what we expected.”

"We are clear that we need two or three more players before the season begins"
Manuel Pellegrini

Fernandinho made his debut from the start for City who dominated the first half. After changing completely his XI in the second half Pellegrini saw City go behind to a goal from Mame Niang, before Kermit Erasmus sealed the victory late on.

City will play AmaZulu in Durban on Thursday before flying to Hong Kong to take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy. Pellegrini said that Maicon, the defender, could be sold while he was still looking to add to his squad.

“We are not in a hurry to bring new players in but we are clear that we need two or three more before the season begins,” he said. “Maicon didn’t come here to the pre-season and he will not be in the squad at Manchester City this year.”

Arsenal ease to opening win

Arsenal enjoyed a more successful start to their tour of the Far East, beating an Indonesia All Stars XI 7-0 in Jakarta. Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger’s team a first-half lead before the match got one-sided after the break. Chuba Akpom slotted in nine minutes after the restart and Olivier Giroud's brace stretched the advantage to 4-0 by the 73rd minute. Lukas Podolski, Kristoffer Olsson and Thomas Eisfeld also scored in the final eight minutes to seal the rout.

Two of Aston Villa’s summer signings combined to score for Paul Lambert’s side in a 1-1 draw with VfL Bochum in Germany. Leandro Bacuna crossed for Nicklas Helenius to head Villa into the lead before Bochum levelled and Lambert was pleased with his side not losing over three matches of their tour.

“It's gone according to plan in terms of work ethic and trying to instil that mentality,” the manager told AVTV. “It's been a really tough week, when you look at the training and the matches. We have come away undefeated from three hard fixtures.”

Roberto Martinez’s Everton went down to a 2-1 defeat away to Austria Vienna. The home side went into a two-goal lead during the first half before Apostolos Vellios pulled a goal back, but Everton could not find an equaliser after the break.

Friendly results

Indonesia All Stars 0-7 Arsenal (Walcott, Akpom, Giroud 2, Podolski, Olsson, Eisfeld)
VfL Bochum 1-1 Aston Villa (Helenius)
Supersport United 2-0 Manchester City
Austria Vienna 2-1 Everton (Vellios)

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Key Points

  • Manuel Pellegrini not concerned by defeat by Supersport United in Durban in his first match as Manchester City manager
  • Arsenal thrash Indonesia All Star XI 7-0 in Jakarta
  • Aston Villa held 1-1 by Bochum while Everton lose 2-1 to Austria Vienna