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Manchester City manager Manuel Pel-
legrini felt his team showed their true ability
in their derby thrashing of Manchester Unit-
ed.After a sequence of unconvincing per-
formances---and results---against Cardiff, Hull
and Stoke, City were back to the form of
their opening-day win over Newcastle as
they thrashed United 4-1 at the Etihad Sta-
Coming against their fiercest rivals and
the reigning champions, it was a performance
that sent out a loud warning of City s title
credentials to the rest of the Barclays Premier
City played as Pellegrini had promised
when he arrived in the summer but after the
dip in form that followed the Newcastle dis-
play, the Chilean knows the challenge is to
maintain such standards.
Pellegrini said: "It is the way we want to
play. We played very similar to how we played
the first game against Newcastle.
"After that game, for different reasons,
(we found) it is not easy to play (like that)
with the regularity I want to do it.
"I think that is normal in this period of
the season, we are working and playing a
"But the most important thing is the play-
ers trust in what we are doing. We demon-
strated that during 90 minutes.
"We are just starting. Every match is dif-
ferent but all the fans can be sure we will
try to play with the most offensive and attack-
ing team we can.
"Also to be an attacking team you must
work on defending and I think we defended
City had a number of stand-out performers
on show, from two-goal star Sergio Aguero
and Alvaro Negredo up front to captain Vin-
cent Kompany at the back.
Yaya Toure and Fernandinho were rock-
solid and dynamic in midfield while full-
backs Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov
and wide midfielders Jesus Navas and Samir
Nasri did plenty of damage.
Aguero, who opened the scoring after 16
minutes with a superb volley from a Kolarov
cross, felt the praise should be shared around.
The Argentina striker said: "The most
important thing is that the goals gave us the
"I m very happy that we won three impor-
tant points, especially against United.
"All the team were brilliant, the defence
as well. We re all one team. There are no
"We re all heroes, even the players on the
bench. The most important thing is we won
and we are happy."
Aguero s opener rewarded City for their
high-tempo start, which completely swamped
Toure doubled the lead on the stroke of
half-time before Aguero and Nasri added
two more in the opening five minutes of the
The champions limited damage thereafter
and pulled one back with a superb Wayne
Rooney free-kick but City had already made
Aguero, 25, said: "We didn t expect it but
we were really motivated to win, and that
led us to the victory.
"So that motivation helped us play without
"The most important thing is to give all
you have, the confidence and the attitude
that the team had was very good.
"And in the second half, despite winning
2-0, we kept playing like that. We played
City make a quick return to action as
Wigan, their conquerors in last season s FA
Cup final, visit in the third round of the Cap-
ital One Cup today.
Much has changed since the Wembley
clash in May with both clubs having changed
managers and City having spent more than
£90million on new players while Wigan were
relegated to the Championship.
City are likely to make changes with
defender Micah Richards, who has missed
the start of the season with hamstring trouble,
among those who could come in.
Manchester United skipper Nemanja
Vidic has admitted Sunday s loss at Man-
chester City was a painful experience.
Vidic was part of a United side that suffered
their worst defeat at the Etihad Stadium
The magnitude of the loss at one stage
looked like being so great manager David
Moyes admitted he was forced to make a
defensive substitution purely to try and keep
the scoreline respectable.
It certainly does not reflect well on Moyes
that United suffered such a heavy defeat so
early in his reign, and has seen them pushed
out to 9-2 third favourites to retain their
Premier League title.
Vidic insists there is no added significance
to the result because a new man is in charge,
pointing out United lost similar games during
Sir Alex Ferguson s time in charge as well.
But the Serbian did not enjoy the expe-
rience one little bit.
"It is horrible to lose the derby game," he
said. "It hurts. Trust me, no-one will want
to remember this.
"It doesn t matter whether we are losing
or winning you will always go back to that
question, is the manager good? Are the play-
"I am not looking at it that way at all.
"This is a club that has a history. This is
a club that has players who have won so
many titles and the players are all national
team players. There is so much experience.
"This loss has hurt but the most important
thing the new manager and the old manager
said was that you have to bounce back and
win the next game."
Moyes had expressed confidence both Vidic
and Rio Ferdinand would have no problem
both completing their first three-match stint
in a week alongside each other since 2004.
The pair found it a struggle though, as
did Chris Smalling at full-back given the
lack of cover he received from Antonio Valen-
cia.In midfield, Marouane Fellaini was a huge
let-down, completely overshadowed by Yaya
Toure, whilst United failed to relieve the pres-
sure long enough to exert any of their own
on the City back four.
"We cannot be sad and feel sorry for our-
selves," said Vidic. "We cannot afford to do
that. We have to stay true and improve certain
things and then win.
"From the first minute they tried to be
aggressive. They had more possession and
we didn t really get in the game from the
"This is what we have to learn."
And, as luck would have it, he gets another
chance tomorrow when a Liverpool side bol-
stered by the return of Luis Suarez, head to
Old Trafford in a Capital One Cup third
round tie that has taken on far greater sig-
nificance than usual.
Balotelli handed 3-match ban
Mario Balotelli has been banned for three
matches following a confrontation with the ref-
eree after AC Milan's loss to Napoli.
Balotelli, who missed a penalty and scored in
Sunday's match, was shown a second yellow
card after the final whistle for his protests.
The Italy striker will miss the next three
matches for making "insulting and intimidating
comments" toward the referee.
Balotelli will miss the games against Bologna,
Sampdoria and Juventus.
Milan will have its Curva Sud section shut for
the next home game against Sampdoria as pun-
ishment for racist chanting during the loss to
AC Milan has announced it will appeal both
Rodgers: Suarez chomping
at the bit to return
Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers says Luis
Suarez is "chomping at the bit" to return from
his biting ban in the League Cup against Man-
chester United tomorrow.
The Uruguay striker missed the start of the
season while serving a 10-game suspension
for sinking his teeth into Chelsea defender
Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League
game in April.
After being denied a move away from Liv-
erpool, with Arsenal s bids rejected, Suarez is
now back in a contention for a team he hoped
Rodgers is yet to decide whether Suarez will
feature at Old Trafford.
The manager says it s been a "really difficult
time for him not playing. ... He s really chomp-
ing at the bit to help the team. Everyone knows
the depth of his quality and his attitude." (AP)
on and off the pitch
Arsenal is thriving on and off the pitch again.
Reversing the trend of slow starts in recent
seasons, the Gunners are top of the Premier
League after winning four of their five games.
And another set of healthy annual financial
results were published yesterday, with fans
having been appeased this month by owner
Stan Kroenke dipping into the cash reserves
and spending 50 million euros ($66 million)
on signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
Arsenal said on May 31 --- before the club-
record Ozil signing --- it had cash reserves of
119.7 million pounds ($192 million), the highest
for any of the league s 20 clubs.
Although pre-tax profits dropped to 6.7 mil-
lion pounds ($11 million), turnover in the 2012-
13 financial year rose to 243 million pounds
"This signing (Ozil) was a direct result of
all the hard work we have put in over recent
years to build the commercial capability of the
club to deliver the consistent revenues and
financial strength required to compete for the
world s best players," chief executive Ivan
And further cash is available to ensure the
investment in Ozil isn t a one-off as the team
chases its first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.
"We have made a significant statement (sign-
ing Ozil) and when Arsene decides the time
is right to invest again, Stan Kroenke, myself
and the rest of the Board will be delighted to
support him," chairman Chips Keswick said.
Vidic feels pain of derby defeat
Pellegrini: Man City
showed true colours
Manchester City's Samir Nasri
celebrates after he scores the
fourth goal of the game for his
side during their English Premier
League football match against
Manchester United at the Etihad
Stadium in Manchester, England,
Sunday. City won 4-1. AP PHOTO
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