Man City’s Edin Dzeko reveals Manuel Pellegrini impact

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko says Manuel Pellegrini has helped the strker's form to improve since replacing Roberto Mancini

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Edin Dzeko (left) signed for Manchester City in January 2011 Photo: kelvingillmor.com

Edin Dzeko believes Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played a key part in helping the striker rediscover his best form.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina striker has scored four goals in seven games under Roberto Mancini’s successor as the City forward continues to enjoy a regular run in the Citizens starting line-up.

Dzeko shared a difficult relationship with Mancini and famously had a touchline spat with the Italian after being substituted in a 2-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in 2011.

And the 27-year-old stressed the importance of having a manager who believes in his abilities ahead of Wednesday’s group-stage encounter with Munich at Etihad Stadium.

“I think my form is a tribute to the new coach,” Dzeko said.

“The manager is very important to a player’s form, and I have noticed a difference.

“I think for every player it is important he knows the manager believes in him, and it is important he has the confidence of the manager. That helps you to find the best form.”

On speculation linking Dzeko with a move away from City this summer, he added: “There was a lot of speculation about my future, I heard I was supposed to be leaving, but I never heard from the club they wanted to sell me.

“And you never heard from me I wanted to leave. I am happy, I have the confidence of the manager and my form is good.”

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