Date: 26th August 2014 at 1:37pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini lavished praise on striker Stevan Jovetic following his Man of the Match performance against Liverpool last night.

Scoring himself a brace in the three one victory, the manager was delighted to see him hit his form, find his feet and used it as an example of players needing to take their chances when they come along, especially in the Premier League.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the gaffer explained.

‘Stevan worked hard for the whole game, also without the ball. He was very unlucky last season but we never doubted his quality and I am very happy for him because he deserves to start this season the way he has.’

Pellegrini goes on to say that in some ways it’s probably a welcome problem at the moment, because he doesn’t know yet who is the best foil for Jovetic up front, citing Alvaro Negredo’s injury and saying that Kun Aguero isn’t 100% yet, but we all know he can ‘play with anyone’.

There was a bit of caution in all of the praise though as he added.

‘We need four strikers. At this moment, Stevan is working very well but you cannot forget about what Negredo did at the beginning of last year. He is also very important but now, he’s injured.’

He finished that part of the interview by saying that with so many games to play, it’s important players like Jovetic and Fernando, when 100%, continue to give their all and keep giving him questions when it comes to selections.

‘Special’ Aguero was also another positive from the game given his sub appearance, but Pellegrini wasn’t surprised by it.

‘Aguero is a very special player and he’s important for us. It was good his first touch was a goal but it was not a question of luck, he worked hard during the week and it was an important reward.’

Moving on to the game a bit more specifically, the injury that Edin Dzeko seemed to suffer in the game isn’t too concerning for the manager and he was expecting good news on that at some point today when full assessments had been done, and clearly he was delighted with our start to the campaign so far because he couldn’t have asked much more.

‘I’m so happy with the two games. I said in the press before this game that these games are games of six points – especially at home – it’s important not to drop points against important teams. We are just starting the season and we had a very good start so it was important for us to win the second game.’

We’ve certainly started with the statement of intent we would’ve wanted and plenty, given how closely fought it was with Liverpool last season, will take note of this result especially but it’s important we continue building on that now as there are always hiccups in a season, so the better gap we can build in the league will give us the freedom for the ‘off’ days that will come

Still too early obviously to call anything, but given the confidence ahead of the campaign, game by game we are slowly justifying that.

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