Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has stressed on the importance of winning the Community Shield against Arsenal FC.

Community Shield is often seen as a glorified friendly, but it does mark the beginning of the English season. Arsenal, last season’s FA Cup winner, will face Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions, at Wembley tomorrow as both the clubs look to test their sharpness ahead of the new season.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has stressed on the importance of this game and has refused to label it just a friendly. The former Real Madrid manager insisted that although both the teams will be missing some key players, this match provides them with an opportunity to start the season on a positive note.

“Of course it is not a friendly match. It is an important game against an important team in Arsenal.

“Maybe both teams, Arsenal and our team, do not arrive in our best moment because both have a lot of players who have just arrived from the World Cup but I think it will be a very good game and important for both teams to win it.

“For this year, our target is exactly the same as last year. We will try to play the four competitions we must play, we try to continue in all competitions as far as we can. Exactly the same as last year.

“We continue trying to win the Premier League the FA Cup, the Capital One, the Champions League and we will see during the season what we can do. To win the Community Shield would be a good start.” – The Manchester City manager said in this pre-match press conference.

Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini refused to comment on the possibility of the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala from Porto on a reported £32m deal.

“I always say the same answer, when things are finished we can talk about that. It doesn’t matter how close it is. For the moment he is not our player.” – Pellegrini said.