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The former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga manager has admitted that he has spent most of his time as City boss finding out more about the league in his new country

Manuel Pellegrini admits he is still learning about the Premier League as he plots to make Manchester City champions again.

Under the Chilean, City lie fourth in the Premier League having netted 34 times – 10 more than the next highest – in his opening 12 games.

But the 60-year-old has revealed he has found a new league full of unknown players hard after spending nine years managing Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga in Spain.

“The most difficult part for me is to try to know all I can about the Premier League,” Pellegrini told City's official website. “I lived in Spain for so many years that I knew every player from all the teams.

“Before moving to the Premier League, I knew a lot about the league, but I’m always asking for more information. I need to know the characteristics of all the players and all the teams so I spend a lot of hours working.

“Maybe next year will be easier in that sense but at the moment that’s the most difficult thing.”

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