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Pellegrini: Only target for City is to keep on winning

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team may have clicked into gear but is setting no targets - other than to keep winning.

City have overcome the sticky spell they hit in October and November which saw them win just one in six at one stage by putting together a run of four successive victories.

The last three games of that sequence, starting with a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win over Bayern Munich, have come in exhilarating fashion, evoking memories of some of last season's best performances.

The champions still trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by six points but Pellegrini is not worrying about that just yet.

The Chilean said: "We are not thinking about the six points Chelsea are in front, we are thinking about trying to continue with the performance we did last week to add the most amount of points in the first round (of fixtures).

"We will see on January 1 what is the distance between Chelsea and our team, but the only way is to continue winning."

City's last two games have seen them ease through a potentially difficult game at Southampton 3-0 and thrash Sunderland 4-1.

Pellegrini said: "I think it is similar in the way we played last season, not the complete season, but especially from November until the end of the season, when we played in a high level.

"I think we are returning to our normal performance, that is very important.

"In football you never know (what makes the difference) - just as one thing makes a switch on or off.

"I think the draw that we had with CSKA Moscow was a difficult moment for the team and in that moment we started losing, though we were not playing bad. After that game we lost against Newcastle, we lost against the Russian team here and against West Ham. It was not a good moment.

"But maybe after we beat Bayern Munich, the switch changed again and we started playing in the way we normally do."

City's next outing sees them host Everton at the Etihad Stadium this evening and Pellegrini is expecting a tough contest despite the Merseysiders' recent underwhelming form.

"I am sure that against our team here they will be a very strong team," he said.