Manuel Pellegrini: Man City boss has 'changed' his character

Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he has changed his character to make a success of management.

Pellegrini will lift the Premier League title in his first season in England if City beat West Ham on Sunday.external-link

He will do so by avoiding most of the controversies that were such a feature under predecessor Roberto Mancini.external-link

"As a player I was a different character to the one I am today. To prepare to be a manager you must change a lot of things," he said.

During Mancini's time in charge, the Italian was involved in high-profile clashes with both Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.

Pellegrini, who began his managerial career in 1988 in his native Chile, added: "You have to understand you are not a player and have another attitude with the players."

With a two-point advantage over Liverpool and a much superior goal difference, Pellegrini's men realistically need just a draw to win their second title in three years.

The potential for a nervy finish does still exist, but any jitters are not being portrayed by City's unflappable manager.

Asked if he suffers from nerves, the former Malaga coach, 60, said: "I know how to control (them) - it is different.

"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."

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