Milner expects gradual Manchester City evolution under Pellegrini

The midfielder insists the team will develop under the Chilean manager's new approach and hailed the intensity of training as well as the attacking talent in the squad
Manchester City midfielder James Milner believes the side will get more consistent as they get used to life under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

City sit fifth in the Premier League table after four wins from their opening seven matches, with their campaign highlighted by excellent 4-1 and 4-0 triumphs over Manchester United and Newcastle United respectively.

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But Pellegrini's side have also slipped to disappointing defeats at Cardiff City and Aston Villa, meaning they are three points behind table-topping Arsenal, though Milner expects City to become more reliable in the coming months.

The former Leeds United and Aston Villa man said: "The performances against Newcastle and Manchester United are the stand-out ones and it goes without saying we have to make sure we try and play that well every time we go out.

"We are still adjusting to a number of things. There's a higher tempo at training under Manuel and we do a lot more small-sided games than we used to so it's very different.

"Every manager has their own style and way of working but I'm enjoying it. It's intense but hopefully the fruits of all the hard work we're putting in will show out on the pitch.

"The one thing you can guarantee is that we will create a lot of chances and as we get a better understanding of how each other plays, I think we'll get better and better as a team.

"We have so much talent going forward and I don't think we'll be far away as the season progresses."