Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By GRA­HAM CHASE

SAMIR NASRI reck­ons Manuel Pel­le­grini will CHAT Manch­ester City back to the top.

French star Nasri be­lieves last sea­son was the hard­est of his ca­reer and he en­dured a testy re­la­tion­ship with for­mer boss Roberto Mancini.

The Ital­ian man­ager slammed Nasri for fail­ing to block Robin van Per­sie’s free-kick in Manch­ester United’s 3-2 derby win at the Eti­had in De­cem­ber.

And Mancini even joked that he wanted to smack the winger over his in­con­sis­tent dis­plays.

But Chilean chief Pel­le­grini took over in the sum­mer and Nasri, 26, has al­ready been im­pressed by the new man­ager. Pel­le­grini is try­ing to im­ple­ment a new at­tack­ing style on a team that fin­ished 11 points adrift of United last sea­son.

Nasri be­lieves that the new boss has cer­tain sim­i­lar­i­ties to his for­mer Are­nal chief Arsene Wenger.

And he thinks Pel­le­grini’s abil­ity as a com­mu­ni­ca­tor – talk­ing tac­tics and fam­i­lies with his play­ers – will bring the best out of City once again.


The wide man said: “He’s some­one who talks with the play­ers, so it’s al­ways good for the play­ers to know what he’s do­ing – if he’s good or if he’s wrong.

“What I like about him is he talks about ev­ery­thing out­side football as well, about how you are in your life.

“It’s pretty im­por­tant for a man­ager to do this kind of thing. It’s a kind of psy­chol­ogy, so it’s good.

“He’s a bit like Arsene Wenger in the way he works.

“It’s the same kind of train­ing, the same at­ti­tude and the dif­fer­ence from all of the oth­ers is he is very present in the train­ing.

“He’s not scared to stop the


Nasri is look­ing for­ward to bat­tling with new singings like Navas for a start­ing spot

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