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Manchester City boss Manuel
Pellegrini insists the club s stat-
ed target of winning five tro-
phies in five years is "not impor-
tant" to him.
City chief executive Ferran
Soriano underlined the ambition
from the hierarchy at the Etihad
Stadium in May 2013 when he
said about the next five seasons:
"On average, I want one trophy
or title a year. "That is the Cham-
pions League, the Premier League
or the FA Cup." Pellegrini was
announced as successor to the
sacked Roberto Mancini shortly
after and in the campaign that
followed, City won the Premier
League title and the Capital One
Cup. That looks like a decent
start in terms of working towards
Soriano s goal, but when asked
ahead of today s Community
Shield clash with Arsenal about
the chief executive s comments,
Pellegrini said: "I don t have a target to win five titles. "Every
time I play a competition, I want
to win it. "But that thing that
we have to win five titles in five
years - for me it is not impor-
tant." Pellegrini was keen to
emphasise the point that his side
will be doing their utmost to
claim silverware at every oppor-
tunity. Asked about his priorities
for the season, the Chilean said:
"For this year, our target is exactly
the same as last year.
"We will play in the four com-
petitions we must play in and
we will try to continue in all competitions as far as
we can. Exactly the same as last year.
"We continue trying to win the Premier League,
the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and the Champions
League, and we will see during the season what we
City have so far made five new signings this summer
in goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Bacary Sagna
and midfielders Fernando, Bruno Zuculini - a deal
completed late on Friday - and Frank Lampard, who
has joined from the club s American sister outfit New
York City FC on loan until January after leaving Chelsea.
Pellegrini feels he has a stronger squad than last
season, but is not about to make any predictions about
exactly how potent they might be.
Asked if the group he has are capable of winning
the Champions League in 2014/15, he said: "I don t
know. It is impossible for me to know the future.
"The only target of our squad is the same as last
year---to try to win the four competitions that we are
going to play."
Pellegrini won't set trophy target
...Manchester City boss.
Tottenham ended their pre-season on a high
with 2-1 win over Schalke at White Hart Lane.
Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring in the
first half after being set up by Lewis Holtby and
Roberto Soldado doubled Spurs advantage after the
restart by scoring from close range.
Kevin-Prince Boateng halved his former side s
lead by firing past Hugo Lloris with 10 minutes left
but Spurs, who were being watched by former striker
Jermain Defoe, held on for victory.
The fact that Soldado, who only netted six league
goals in his debut campaign in north London last
season, got on the scoresheet will be of huge relief
to head coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose side kick
off their Barclays Premier League campaign at West
Ham next Saturday. Burnley will approach next
weekend s clash with Chelsea buoyed by a 3-1 victory
over Serie A side Hellas Verona 3-1 at Turf Moor.
Sunderland capped off their preparations for the
forthcoming season by beating Udinese 2-0 at Her-
itage Park-the home of Northern Football League
side Bishop Auckland.
A last-minute goal from youngster Reece Burke
secured West Ham a 3-2 victory against Sampdoria
at Upton Park. Everton slumped to a 3-1 defeat to
Bundesliga newboys Paderborn in North Rhine-
Westphalia. Leicester s preparations for a return to
the top flight ended in fine style with a 1-0 victory
over Werder Bremen at the King Power Stadium.
Swansea had a Saturday to forget as they were
beaten 3-0 by Villarreal at the Liberty Stadium.
Goals from Ikechukwu Uche, Bruno Soriano and
Denis Cheryshev ensured the Yellow Submarine left
south Wales with plenty to cheer, while the defeat
leaves Swans boss Garry Monk with plenty to ponder
ahead of next weekend s opener against Manchester
United. West Brom also shipped three goals as they
were convincingly beaten by Porto at the Hawthorns.
Brazilian midfielder Casemiro opened the scoring
before Jonas Olsson equalised for the hosts five min-
utes before the interval. The Portuguese side upped
their game in the second half and Jackson Martinez
helped himself to a brace to secure a 3-1 victory.
Stoke secured a credible 1-1 draw at Freiburg, with
summer signing Mame Biram Diouf claiming his
first goal for the club to cancel out defender Pavel
Krmas second-minute opener.
An own goal by QPR defender Clint Hill in the
second half consigned Harry Redknapp s side to a
1-0 defeat to Greek side PAOK at Loftus Road.
Crystal Palace played out a goalless draw against
Bundesliga side Augsburg in Germany, while there
were also no scorers in the game between Aston
Villa and Parma.
Schalke in friendly
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