10 Biggest Concerns for Manuel Pellegrini Ahead of New Premier League Season

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10 Biggest Concerns for Manuel Pellegrini Ahead of New Premier League Season
Sang Tan/Associated Press
"You talking to me?"

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini these days seems to be the living embodiment of actor Michael Caine's duck.

To watch Pellegrini on the touchline and in press conferences is to see an unflappable, confident and utterly unconcerned man in control of his work and his emotions.

But you have to imagine that, when the supporters and the media leave the ground, Pellegrini spends hours and sometimes days trying to keep rein on the inevitable doubts that chasing four trophies will cause.

"Manuel Pellegrini was brought in to do his talking on the pitch, and any reporter who has tried to get a headline out of the Chilean over the course of the last year knows just how well he has succeeded," wrote Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail recently.

What follows here are the things Pellegrini would probably rather not talk about as he persists in showing a controlled mien amid frenzied fans and manic press.

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