Ahead of Monday’s match at Selhurst Park, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is making some pretty big claims about why his club isn’t in the Premier League’s top spot.
One season after beating out Chelsea and Liverpool for the Premier League title, Pellegrini’s charges could sit in fourth if they don’t manage get a point against Crystal Palace.
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A win would have them back in second, six points back of Chelsea but with one less match to play this season.
Pellegrini’s answer? Spend, spend, spend this summer. From Sky Sports:
But he said: “It is the way of thinking that big teams need to sign a big player. It is very difficult to do it every year, but every two years you must do it.
“I’m not just talking about Manchester City. You see Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich – all the big clubs – they all do it. It is important to have big names.
“I don’t want to talk about plans for next season because we have to finish this season. It is very important the way we finish this season before we analyse all the players. So it is not the right moment to talk about it.”
City brought in Wilfried Bony ($42 million), Eliaquim Mangala ($48 million), Fernando ($12 million) and Wily Caballero ($6.5 million) as well as loan option Frank Lampard and free transfer Bacary Sagna. And his club is one that has been sanctioned for breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
But those aren’t big names, we suppose.
Our own Kyle Bonn made a good case in defense of Pellegrini last month, but it’s hard to say this point should be included… or wrong. With Chelsea and Manchester United among competitors ready to spend big money at the drop of a hat, even two years is too seldom for the Premier League. As for the UEFA Champions League, it almost must be an annual event.
Not saying you have to like it.