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Pellegrini praises "hungry and humble" players

City boss Manuel Pellegrini praised his players for maintaining their concentration levels as their legs began to tire.

The English champions failed to keep a clean sheet during their pre-season friendly campaign and succumbed 3-0 to Arsenal in the Community Shield, so Pellegrini was particularly impressed to see such resolution at the back.

I think the players were both hungry and humble.

We need both those things if we are going to continue winning titles and if we want to improve on what we did last year.

It was so important to me that the players had that attitude from the beginning to the end of the game.

We were very solid at the back and Joe Hart didn't have any problems and in the second half it was normal that we were starting to get tired.

The players are not able to play 90 minutes at the moment but we continued with our attitude and scored the second goal.

– Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini
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