James Milner admits Pellegrini making them watch DVDs

Manchester City and England international midfielder James Milner has revealed how new club manager Manuel Pellegrini is teaching the players the style of the Spanish way of playing football, by making them watch hours of DVD footage of his former club Malaga. Milner admitted that the sole reason they were made to watch the DVDs is because the Chilean wants to teach them how to emulate the style of play of the Spanish side.

The Chilean manager, who has spent a year in charge of Real Madrid, left the side from Andalusia to take over from Roberto Mancini at the former Premier League champions during the summer and the first mission the engineer has taken up is to make his new team play in the same style that won many hearts in Spain.

City were criticized for the way they played under Roberto Mancini, often being a bit too cautious and with the sacking of the Italian manager, the City officials have made it clear that they want the team to play a more expansive style of football this season. And the England midfielder James Milner admitted that Pellegrini wants City to be assured at the back before thinking about going all out in attack.

This is the same technique he used to lead Malaga to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League in their very first season in the competition. Speaking to the club’s in-house television channel, Milner stated that the team has worked very hard in pre-season, especially in the defensive aspects of the game.

James Milner went on to state that they have watches countless hours of DVDs, just to improve the defensive part of their game before they progressed to the attacking side of the game as they try and emulate the Chilean’s style of play.