Manuel Pellegrini Must Get Manchester City to Perform in the Champions League

Tom Lane@@tommo_laneContributor IIIJuly 31, 2013

SO KON PO, HONG KONG - JULY 27:  Manager Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City looks before the Barclays Asia Trophy Final match between Manchester City and Sunderland at Hong Kong Stadium on July 27, 2013 in So Kon Po, Hong Kong.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Manuel Pellegrini has been in charge of Manchester City for nearly a month and a half, and the club has already spent around £90 million on talent that they hope can clinch the league title next season and help improve themselves on the European front.

City undoubtedly failed last season by managing to only win the Community Shield, falling miles behind rivals Manchester United and losing to unfavoured Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup respectively.

Their miserable Champions League showing will be the massive disappointment for the owners of the club. They failed to get out of the group stage of the competition twice in a row, and they hold the English record for fewest wins in the group stages with no wins in six games last season.

Signing £30 million midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk, £22 million Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina£28 million Alvaro Negredo and £17 million Jesus Navas from Sevilla, could be a masterstroke by the manager and should see them improve in Europe. 

City are not done there though and could be looking to sign a defender, with Manuel Pellegrini saying that the club isn't finished in the transfer market. And the injury to Nastasic would suggest there is a defensive hole to fill.

He will, however, be slightly disappointed with the clubs' failure to sign Spain under-21 star Isco from former club Malaga.

The departure of Carlos Tevez could also help them as the off-field antics of the Argentine caused problems for previous manager Roberto Mancini.

A new era without Tevez and with the multiple new signings will introduce a new and more fluid style of play that will be more suited to European play than Mancini's obviously less successful style. 

The new manager has to be successful in the Champions League as the club need the financial boost in order to help with financial fair play.

Given the outlay of money City have once again produced, they would expect to be one of the favourites for the Champions League, and failure is not an option.

Pellegrini, though, has a lot in his favour with Champions League success at smaller clubs seeing Villarreal into the semi-finals of the tournament in 2006 and almost taking Malaga to the same stage last season. 

I believe that Manuel Pellegrini will be a success at Manchester City and will improve their European record, and anything less than that will see his reputation tarnished.