Manuel Pellegrini: The Title isn’t Won in December
Manuel Pellegrini has identified the necessity to get six points in the Christmas fixtures, but remains calm over Manchester City’s Premier League title prospects.
City’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal on Monday left them four points behind Arsene Wenger’s side and 6 shy of surprise leaders Leicester City.
This Year’s-12 and 2013-14 champions visit Leicester on Tuesday, but must first tackle battling Sunderland in the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day.
In all of their previous title triumphs, City have overhauled points deficits late within the season to lift the trophy and Pellegrini was keen to say that no prizes receive out in the turn of the season.
“We’re within this moment in third, four points against [behind] Arsenal and 6 points against Leicester,” he stated.
“We have to play against Leicester around the 29th so it is important to win both of these games to complete the very first round [of fixtures this year].
“The key factor will be involved in the finish of The month of january, then try to win the title in the rest of the season.
“We must attempt to focus game by game – the following is Sunderland, we attempt to conquer them in your own home that is never a simple game.
“Only then do we consider Leicester. We lost details against Arsenal – a game title of six points – but it wasn’t a decisive game when i stated prior to the match.
“You won’t ever win the title in December.”
Pellegrini is placed to welcome back captain Vincent Kompany for that Sunderland game carrying out a calf injuries.
City are unbeaten within the eight Premier League outings featuring the Belgium center-back this year, winning six and conceding just once. The Arsenal loss was their fifth defeat in nine matches without Kompany.