coach sets high targets

Pellegrini says Real Madrid can win a treble

August 7, 2009

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini believes his team can win the treble this season.

The capital club finished the last campaign empty handed for the fourth time in six years and saw bitter rivals Barcelona sweep all before them on the way to the Champions League, Primera Division and Copa del Rey.

It has been a summer of change at the Bernabeu with club president Florentino Perez spending over 250million euros on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Raul Albiol, Esteban Granero, Alvaro Arbeloa, Alvaro Negredo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso.

It will also be Pellegrini's first season in Madrid after moving from Villarreal, and the Chilean insists his new team can emulate Barca's success.

"The responsibility of coaching Madrid is always the same," he said.

"You always have to finish first, but your options grow bigger with the players that have arrived.

"We have a great squad, but now we have to show it.

"There are two aims: go for the three trophies and at the same time make sure people enjoy the game.

"I am happy with those who are already here who are great players and those who came in.

"We can aim for the three trophies."

Madrid are currently on a pre-season tour in Toronto, where over 18,000 fans turned up to see them train on Thursday night.