Manchester City manager confident of Premier League title defence

Manuel Pellegrini feels that Sunday’s 3-0 win at St Mary’s has put Man City back on track for a title tilt

Manchester City manager confident of Premier League title defence

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December 1st, 2014

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Manchester City have dropped plenty of points this season although they were comfortable winners against Southampton this weekend which saw them close the gap on league leaders Chelsea.

The latter have been practically untouchable this term although Jose Mourinho’s team could only manage a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with City taking full advantage.

The gap is now six points and Manuel Pellegrini now believes that his team are back on the title trail and that the victory will give them lots of confidence to carry forward into a busy festive schedule.

“I think we can complain about a lot of things in this team during this year, that we have been conceding too many goals and not scoring as many as last season,” said Pellegrini. “But the only thing we cannot complain about is the spirit, the personality and the ambition of this squad.

“I am very pleased with this result because we beat a very strong team. They were second in the table before today and deserved to be in that position. They have defended very well all season, so to have beaten them 3-0 was very impressive. They created just one chance in the whole 90 minutes and another clean sheet is important for the trust in our team. Scoring three times against the best defence in the division is also important.

“I repeat today exactly what I said last week after Swansea: there is a long way to go. Now we have to play 25 games more, so that is a lot of points [to compete for]. No one knows what will happen in the future and, in one week, you can change things. Chelsea are playing very well at the moment but let’s see what happens in the future. We just have to work on us.”

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