Pellegrini believes his side have a great chance of winning the PL title once again.

Manuel Pellegrini knows City needs to work on fitness levels

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It was presumed that BPL title-holder Manchester City would take care of business against Newcastle on Sunday. And the Sky Blues did exactly that, blanking their opponent, 2-0, with striker Sergio Aguero sealing the victory in the waning moments of stoppage time.

Although they had a quiet offseason on the player acquisition front, manager Manuel Pellegrini relishes his team’s favorable result on opening day, and as for contending for a second-consecutive championship, City could have that necessary combination of skill, drive and determination.

“The players are not able to play 90 minutes at the moment, but we continued with our attitude and scored the second goal.”

“I think the players were both hungry and humble,” he said, per ESPN FC. “We need both those things if we are going to continue winning titles and if we want to improve on what we did last year. It was so important to me that the players had that attitude from the beginning to the end of the game.”

City’s defense held Newcastle in check when crunch time surfaced, but Pellegrini believed it was obvious his squad was dragging its feet during the competition’s final stages.

“We were very solid at the back and Joe Hart didn’t have any problems, and in the second half it was normal that we were starting to get tired.”

For Pellegrini and Co., this contest isn’t exactly a great example of the sides they will need to defeat in order to hoist the hardware in the May 2015. Not deviating from their triumphs in 2013-14, where these sort of score lines were indicative of their performances, the 2-0 victory signifies their organization is still intact, showing qualities of a top-tier Premier League defense. And witnessing Aguero notch that timely goal reminded football fans that he can be a vital part of the attack, after he faced injury for a portion of last spring.

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)