Saturday 10 May 2014
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will tell his players to maintain their attacking instincts when they take on West Ham United on Sunday knowing that victory will give them a second Barclays Premier League title in three years.
A point will effectively be enough for Man City, too, because of a superior goal difference over Liverpool, who are two points behind. However, Pellegrini will not ask his side to play for a draw but instead continue the attacking style that has brought them 100 goals in the Barclays Premier League this season.
"Every team must play every game to win"
"It is a very important weekend because it is the last game," he said. "It is the work from the whole year that we play for but also it is a normal game because the best way to do it is to repeat what we have done all season so far."
"Every team must play every game to win. It doesn't matter in which conditions they are playing, every team must want to win."
City are aware of the potential upset that may happen at Etihad Stadium, having had to come from behind in stoppage time to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2 there to seal the title two seasons ago, but Pellegrini insisted he will not be nervous, maintaining a calm demeanour that has developed over the years.
"When I started this career I had, absolutely, a different character," Pellegrini, 60, said. "As a player I was a different character to the one I am today but to prepare to be a manager you must change a lot of things.
"I know how to control [nerves]. After so many years, it is very important to control your emotions because when you have to take decisions under emotion, normally you do it the wrong way. It is very important for the manager to be calm, to try to repeat what we did the whole year.
"I am not complacent because I talk with the players every day about what we must do. They are good players with lots of experience and they agree with me we must not change anything and try to win the game."
Pellegrini is boosted by having no injury problems for the match with Sergio Aguero able to return after missing the 4-0 win over Aston Villa in midweek.
"The whole squad is fit for Sunday," Pellegrini said. "It is very important, always for a manager, if you have your whole squad and choose from all your players."
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