Pellegrini says Man City trophy target “not important” to him

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini with the Premier League trophy Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists the club’s stated target of winning five trophies in five years is “not important” 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 Champions 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 Sunday’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 important.”However, Pellegrini was keen to emphasise the point that his side will be doing their utmost to claim silverware at every opportunity.“For this year, our target is exactly the same as last year.“We will play in the four competitions 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 can do.”Asked if the players 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.”last_img read more