City were without more than half-a-dozen players for their Community Shield defeat to Arsenal last weekend, but despite admitting that some players may remain absent, Pellegrini believes that he possesses a stronger squad than he had at the Etihad Stadium last year.
The 60-year-old told reporters: "This Premier League will be exactly the same as the last one. Five or six teams have very strong squads.
"I think that we have a stronger squad than last season. We are ready to start. Maybe some players need more days to be 100%".