Manuel Pellegrini pleased with Manchester City's second-half showing

Manuel Pellegrini says that he is happy with how Manchester City played in the second half of today's win over Swansea City.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that he is happy with today's 3-0 victory over a "very strong" Swansea City outfit.

Alvaro Negredo's eighth-minute opener was followed by a second-half brace from Samir Nasri, helping the Citizens to keep the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal at six points.

"I am very pleased because we won against a very strong team," the Chilean told reporters. "It is not easy to play against them. They have a lot of possession of the ball.

"We played too quickly in the first half after the goal. We lost too many balls and they started attacking but in those moments we defended very well.

"That was important. I just remember one clear chance of Swansea in the first half. In the second half we improved with the ball. We scored two goals more and we had three or four clear chances."

City travel to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

Samir Nasri of Manchester City scores his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2013
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