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No concerns for Pellegrini

Published 24/01/2014 | 14:57

Manuel Pellegrini's side have been heavily tipped to lift the Premier League title in May
Manuel Pellegrini's side have been heavily tipped to lift the Premier League title in May

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident his side can maintain their ferocious pace until the end of the season.

City are still in contention for four trophies and have scored a remarkable 106 goals in their 35 games so far this term.

They have won 16 of their last 18 matches - and drawn the other two - stretching back to the last international break in November.

Only once during that run have they had a gap of more than four days between games and the fixtures continue to come thick and fast.

Fresh from securing their place in the Capital One Cup final in midweek, City host Watford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday before travelling to Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League next Wednesday.

Despite the tough schedule, Pellegrini has no concerns that his team could run out of steam.

The Chilean said: "No, I don't think we are going to have some problems in that sense.

"Maybe we will have problems with other teams - they are good teams - but I think we are making good rotations during the whole year.

"Also, the way we play we have a lot of possession of the ball, so we rest by not always running after the ball."

Pellegrini's determination to play an exciting, attacking brand of football has not wavered, no matter which XI he sends out on the field.

He sees no reason to have to compromise his beliefs just because the depth of his squad might be tested in the coming months, particularly when the Champions League challenge resumes next month.

The 60-year-old said: "The style, of course we are going to try and continue until the end.

"I don't know if we are going to win all the games but we are going to try to continue.

"I said from the beginning of the season that the most important thing is to have a style and after that to have 11 starters."

Pellegrini's predecessor Roberto Mancini this week suggested he should receive some credit for the way City are playing this season.

Mancini assembled much of the squad and led City to Premier League and FA Cup success before being sacked last May.

Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference, was not interested in responding to Mancini's comments.

He said: "I don't think anything about that. If it is his opinion, everyone can say what he thinks is true.

"I am not the best person to analyse. It is not for me or him to compare."

Press Association

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