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Five issues at the top of new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini's

1 Bring harmony from discord

Many City players were deeply dispirited at the end of a difficult few years under Roberto Mancini, finding it hard to tolerate the way the Italian criticised them publicly. City hope that an older man, with better interpersonal skills, will quickly begin recreating a team ethic. At the heart of chief executive Ferran Soriano’s philosophy is the notion of a core of players steeped in the City philosophy who will teach it to newcomers. It will be for Pellegrini to help introduce that.

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