Santa Cruz praises Pellegrini

Former Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has backed new manager Manuel Pellegrini to deliver success at the Etihad Stadium.

It is a tough call because I think Mancini was successful and brought the club forward two steps, in terms of winning trophies.

It is tough to sack him after his success and I think the fans realise that he deserved to continue.

Pellegrini deserves the chance to win titles and be successful.

He has great qualities when it comes to managing so many stars, a high-profile dressing room.

The way that he is as a person - relaxed and calm - will make players feel important and part of the City project.

He is good with squad rotation and a guy who can put everyone on the same ship.

– Former Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz speaking to Fox Sports Asia