Manuel Pellegrini: We can still win title
Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that he is not worried by Manchester City’s league position and is adamant they can still win the title.
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The Chilean’s side languish in eighth position in the Premier League, six points behind leaders Arsenal, after losing 1-0 to Sunderland last time out.
And Pellegrini admitted he had expected City, who have finished first and second in the last two seasons, to be higher in the standings, but takes heart from the fact that his side are the most prolific in the division and have scored almost 50 goals in all competitions this term.
He told Sport 360: “No, it is not what I expected but it is not a big problem. We are only a few points off the leaders. There are more important things at the moment rather than what position in the table we are in.
“I am happy with what the team have done so far. We are the league’s top scorers with 28 goals in 11 games in the Premier League, 11 goals in the Champions League and seven goals in the Capital One Cup, so I think we are well on the way to putting this club into the position to achieve what it deserves.”
Pellegrini also said that he is sure City can still end the season as champions.
“Of course,” he said. “We are only six points off the lead at the moment which is a good place to be. We have a lot of time left in the season and I think the team is playing well enough to win it. No question.”
City have been beaten in four of their six away league games, and Pellegrini added: “We have lost important points playing away but I think we can play better as we move forward so I am not really concerned.”