Santi Cazorla does not believe the managerial changes at the top of the Premier League will have a major impact on next season’s title race.
David Moyes has taken over at Manchester United following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, while Jose Mourinho has returned to Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini is now in charge at Manchester City.
It will be a little difficult at the start for a new manager but I don’t think it influences too much in terms of being an advantage for other teams
Some observers have argued that this will lead to a more open league, but Cazorla does not expect too much disruption at those clubs.
“The most radical change is at Manchester United because Ferguson has been there for so long,” the Spaniard told the official Arsenal Magazine.
“It will be a little difficult at the start for a new manager but I don’t think it influences too much in terms of being an advantage for other teams. There are great managers at those clubs and I’m sure [the title race] will be just as difficult.”
Cazorla, who worked alongside Pellegrini at Villarreal and Malaga, feels the Chilean will take Manchester City to the next level.
“I find it strange that some people don’t know about him,” he said. “He’s done spectacular things with Malaga and Villarreal in the Champions League. Clubs like City obviously want him for a reason and, ultimately, it’s for the job he’s done.
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“He’s demonstrated he is top class. At whatever team he’s been at - Malaga, Villarreal, Real Madrid - he’s done well. He’s had those teams playing spectacular football and I’m sure City will be a better team. I’m sure City’s football will change and will be more offensive.
“I’m very happy for him because he deserves to be at a club of that level. He’s getting his reward. He’s been so important to my career.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Jun 2013