Belfast Telegraph

Manuel Pellegrini confident Manchester City will bounce back in title challenge

Manuel Pellegrini expects his Manchester City side to have learnt from recent mistakes when their title challenge resumes.

City's bid to win the Barclays Premier League has suffered a double setback in the past fortnight with damaging defeats to fellow challengers Leicester and Tottenham.

Those results have seen them slip from second to fourth and lose their tag as bookmakers' favourites.

But City still trail leaders Leicester by only six points and Pellegrini is hopeful they can bounce back when they return to league action against Liverpool - after three games in three cup competitions - on March 2.

Pellegrini said: "We didn't expect to lose those two games in a row against Tottenham and Leicester, (although) they are fighting for the title.

"It was not easy (to take) but when you have those defeats you must try to take important things from those defeats.

"We analyse why we didn't play well, which were the mistakes we made. It was a difficult week but a useful week and I hope in the next game we'll correct a lot of mistakes."

Those back-to-back defeats mean City have still not beaten any of the other members of the top five this season.

But Pellegrini said: "I don't think there's a problem. Of the last two games we have played, in the second half against Tottenham we played better. They had just one chance - their second goal.

"But I don't want to continue talking about that. I think it was not normal for our team. We normally have a lot of possession, create chances and score goals.

"That's more worrying than one single score. This week we have worked to return to the team we normally are."


From Belfast Telegraph