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Manchester City 5-1 Bournemouth: Pellegrini Thoughts

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The Manchester City Manager spoke to the media following the Blues 5-1 win over AFC Bournemouth

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Press Conference quotes from Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini

On Raheem Sterling who recorded a hat trick:

"I think it was important for Raheem to score three goals,"

"He must improve his finishing - he did that today, he's young and will continue to get better.

"I don't think he's a striker like Kun or Bony but this year, and I said it when he arrived, I am sure he will score more goals than he did in another season at Liverpool."

"He didn't lose confidence because I spoke with him immediately after he came off,"

"He didn't play well but all of the players can have a bad day.

"It was important for him and the team to change his position today. I thought that near Bony he could have a lot of space.

"Kevin did very well as he did against Newcastle and I think the system allowed Raheem to score more goals."

Pellegrini on withdrawing Yaya Toure at halftime:

"It was not thinking about Sevilla, it was thinking about Yaya,"

"He just played 45 minutes in the Champions League before he got in an injury.

"In the first ten days of the international break he did nothing so I thought 45 minutes was enough.

"It was not an important injury but one which prevented him from playing games.

"We start thinking about Sevilla tomorrow - we must focus our mind on each game. Bournemouth are not an easy team."