Pellegrini 'St James' Park Is A Difficult Place To Go'

Last updated : 18 August 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Manuel Pellegrini: "It's very difficult to compare each year. Maybe last year a lot of people doubted we could win the title because it was my first season here in the Premier League.

"Today, we have one year more working with the players and I think we have also a strong squad.

"But always in England in the Premier League, you have five or six teams that can win the title, so we need to have the same attitude as we had today, the hunger with which we have started the season, the same humility with which we played today in every game.

"I am sure this squad can fight, and we will see at the end of the season which titles we will win.

"I am very happy because I think it's always important to start the season winning, especially when you have to play away at so difficult a stadium as St James' - it's always a difficult stadium for every team that comes here.

"Maybe in the second half we couldn't have so much possession of the ball because seven of our 10 [outfield] players were not able to play 90 minutes at the same pace.

"But we were very concentrated, very well organised and we kept a clean sheet, and finally we decided the game with a second goal."