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Boss Has Pellegrini Respect

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Roberto Martinez is relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against Manuel Pellegrini.

The vastly-experienced Manchester City boss, 60, has previously managed clubs to top-flight titles in Chile, Ecuador and Argentina and spent a year at the helm of European super power Real Madrid.

Pellegrini, nicknamed ‘The Engineer’, won his first piece of silverware with Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in February and is on track to complete a double with the Premier League title in his debut season in charge at the Etihad Stadium.

And Martinez, 20 years the Chilean’s junior, told evertontv: “It’s a phenomenal fixture for us to test ourselves in,” Martinez told evertontv on the eve of the Toffees’ final home game of the season. “Every manager is completely different and every manager brings his own method of work. Manuel Pellegrini has incredible experience through the football clubs he has worked at.

“He is very much thorough with everything he does, and so we are going to face a Man City side that are well-organised and has terrific balance with its players.

“They are strong with their defensive duties but have got a real attacking mindset in what they are trying to do. They can score goals from open play with ease and are a team with good work from deadball situations. They are a complete team in that respect.

“You don’t get many teams with the quality of Man City and whoever is on the pitch always has a real focus of performing for their manager. That’s down to the way the manager has got the whole team together focused on winning titles.

“They have already got the League Cup and I’m sure they are going to come to Goodison with a real focus of winning their last three games of the season.”

To hear more from the Everton boss, watch the video above in which he discusses the satisfaction he has taken in the Blues’ home form this season and Seamus Coleman’s inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year.

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