The Manchester City's string-puller spoke to FourFourTwo on the freedom allowed by Pellegrini and how 5-a-side made him the player he is today.
Play with freedom
"Finding space is more about the position you get yourself into, instead of the position you start in. When you play in a 4-4-2 formation you can have two playmakers out wide, but they need the freedom to come inside, to create space for the full-backs to run in. It doesn't matter if I play on the right wing, left wing or through the centre because I can play across the line as long as I come back and defend my position. Manuel Pellegrini gives us that freedom."
Train in small spaces
"I come from the street, so I learned the game playing five-a-side football. I know how to deal with a ball in a tight space, and to do this you need excellent technique and lots of confidence. Playing plenty of small-sided games during training sessions will eventually help you learn to take more risks, such as looking to play the killer ball, dribbling past opponents or pulling the trigger. This will benefit you in the final third of the pitch when you're in a match situation."
Prepare for battle
"I'm really passionate about football so I like to watch every game. I know everything about the players I'm about to come up against. I also watch videos of my next opponent so I can see exactly where I can gain an advantage. When I'm sat on the substitutes' bench I have time to analyse my opponent, so I know their strengths and weaknesses when I come on. Try to keep a log of the defenders you come up against so that you know what to expect the next time you play them."
Samir Nasri wears the Baltic/Serene Green New Balance Football Visaro boot, designed for players who make chances.
This article has been contributed by FourFourTwo, Samir Nasri is not associated with rebel.