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Foxes are in their stride but Pelle is staying cool

Published 06/02/2016

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has played down the significance of this weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Leicester.

The Foxes have defied sceptics throughout the season and travel to the Etihad Stadium today as the surprise leaders of the Barclays Premier League.

Leicester hold a three-point lead at the top and have shown no signs of slowing down with the outstanding Jamie Vardy firing them to a superb 2-0 win over Liverpool in midweek. Claudio Ranieri's outsiders are now starting to be regarded as genuine title contenders but Pellegrini (pictured) said: "We can win this game or lose this game and it will not finish the Premier League here. After this you still have to play 13 more games, 39 points. There are still a lot of points."

Even if City prevail in the title race Pellegrini will not be staying at the club to enjoy the success. It was confirmed this week that he will be replaced by Pep Guardiola in the summer. News of the changes was initially broken by Pellegrini, who announced on Monday that he would be leaving at the end of the season.

Yet it appears that is as much as he wishes to discuss about the matter, as he batted away questions about his future.

He said: "That was important but that's the last thing I will talk about that now because we are in this season.

"We have a lot of things to fight for."

Premier League fixtures (today 3pm unless stated): Man City v Leicester (12.45pm), Aston Villa v Norwich, Liverpool v Sunderland, Newcastle v West Brom, Stoke v Everton, Swansea v Crystal Palace, Tottenham v Watford, Southampton v West Ham (5.30pm).

Tomorrow: Bournemouth v Arsenal (1.30pm), Chelsea v Man Utd (4pm).

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