The Chilean must now rally his side to prevent a campaign that promised much ending in anti-climax. The club’s demanding hierarchy will expect no less than a strong push for the Barclays Premier League title and the spotlight on Pellegrini will inevitably intensify. But the 60-year-old said: “I don’t think it is an extra pressure because for me the pressure is exactly the same from the first game of the Premier League to the end.” City’s cup commitments over the past three weeks have seen them slip to fourth in the league title race, nine points behind leaders Chelsea but with three games in hand. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed City retain the upper hand because of their superior goal difference but Pellegrini refuses to get drawn into more verbal jousting with his rival. He said: “I don’t give importance to those things. Maybe some parts of the newspapers think some managers are very smart or play mind games, but I don’t read those things.” Pellegrini is not fazed by the challenge facing his side over their remaining 12 games, in which they must also climb over Liverpool and Arsenal to claim the title. He said: “I am not concerned but, of course, it is better if we had already played those three games and won, but Chelsea did it, so we must do it in the future. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims he feels no greater pressure now than when he arrived at the club. “If we want to win the Premier League you must do things better than other teams and maybe small things or little things can make the difference. “But I’m not only talking about Chelsea. Liverpool have a lot of options and Arsenal also.” One area of worry for Pellegrini, however, is the recent lack of goals scored by his forwards. Having overpowered a number of sides earlier in the campaign, the goals from City’s prolific front line have dried up. Alvaro Negredo has scored 23 goals this term but none in his last eight appearances. Edin Dzeko has also not added to his tally of 17 in his last eight outings. Sergio Aguero, top-scorer with 26, has not found the net since January and, despite only recently returning from a five-game lay-off, is now facing another spell out. Pellegrini said: “It’s difficult to understand. It’s one of the reasons why we are not going so well. “The other time when Sergio was injured we could cover him without problem but in this last month we are not scoring too many goals and we are conscious about that. “It’s not easy to say one reason why that happened but of course we are worried about that.” Aguero has undergone a scan on the hamstring injury suffered in Barcelona in midweek. The results are not yet clear but Pellegrini expects the Argentinian to be out for a fortnight. He said: “I am concerned about not having the possibility of using Sergio more this season. He is a very important player for us. “Unfortunately for him, he has had two or three injuries. I hope he can recover.” City’s season has reached a crucial juncture after elimination from both the Champions League and FA Cup in the past week. They did win the Capital One Cup earlier this month but defeats to Barcelona and Wigan in the other knock-out competitions have ended their quadruple bid and brought a scrutiny on Pellegrini not seen this season. Press Association
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Ter Stegen: Despite the two goals, the German goalkeeper made an outstanding game, especially after a spectacular stop to a shot of Isco that slipped through the entire squad. Semedo: He halted Vinicius practically the whole game, but in the only play that the Brazilian missed, he ended up opening the score. Offensively it continues contributing things, but it should be more protagonist because it has conditions to do it.Pique: Impeccable game of the Catalan central, although he had no luck in the play of the first goal, since I diverted the shot of Vinicius enough to deceive Ter Stegen. He had a great chance at a Messi center, but he finished off incomprehensibly outside. He took a ball between sticks after a header from Isco and Ter Stegen could not clear it completely.Umtiti: The Frenchman is offering an incontestable improvement in the last games, although in Mariano’s goal he showed once again that he is slower than the bad horse.Sunrise: He was not one hundred percent and it was especially noticeable in the second part, where he hardly took the attack. Between Valverde and Carvajal they made him suffer the unspeakable for his band. He gave a great assistance to Griezmann, who missed.Sergio Busquets: Formidable in every way, although he made some mistake of a lump at some ball out. He served a sung goal to Messi, which he misunderstood. In the second part he was more demanded and with more problems to give continuity in the game. Arthur: Your best game this season. The Brazilian was very dynamic and active throughout the game, but Setién decided to replace it incomprehensibly. He had a hand in hand with Courtois, but the Belgian goal was smarter.From Jong: Too irregular, alternating good phases of play with others quite misguided. In any case, an impressive play was given, surpassing lines with ease and giving great assistance from Leo, which the Argentine could not bring to fruition.Arturo vidal: Bad match of the Chilean. Unsuccessful with the ball and not very precise when pressing. He never knew how to get along with De Jong when he was practically in no man’s land and Setién was forced to replace him with so much nonsense in the game.Messi: The Argentine could not score and increases his scoring drought against Real Madrid. In any case, he had two great chances to beat Courtois, but this time the white goalkeeper won the game. And we already know that if Leo does not mark, in this Barca nobody marks.Griezmann: The Frenchman was very dynamic and always offering himself in attack, having a great opportunity with a shot on the front of the area that went out. In the second part, the striker faded into the field and ended up being replaced.CHANGES:Braithwaite: He jumped into the field like an exhale, having a great opportunity to beat Courtois. It is clear that the Danish is called to do important things in this team.Ansu Fati: He could barely participate when entering the last minutes.Rakitic: The Croatian, in his line in the last matches.