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Pellegrini warns against dropping points

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down quadruple talk and dampened excitement over his side's remarkable goal output.

Pellegrini has voiced his ambition to win four trophies this season and his players, having notched up 99 goals this term, seem keen to deliver.

But as much as the Chilean is hoping for a glorious end to the season, he does not want anyone at the club getting carried away.

Pellegrini, whose side host Cardiff in the Premier League today, said yesterday: "I think it is very important for all the players to know that the only important thing for us is to win tomorrow.

"It is not useful for us to think what could happen in one month or more months.

"Tomorrow, if we win, we continue fighting for the Premier League. If we lose or we drop points at home, it will be very difficult to continue.

"I am absolutely sure that this Premier League will be very close with five or six teams in it until the end, and just one or two points difference, so I am just thinking about tomorrow."

City head into the match at the Etihad Stadium second in the table, trailing leaders Arsenal by a point.

Two cup performances have underlined their class in just over a week.


City thrashed West Ham 6-0 to all but secure a place in the final of the League Cup and then they hammered Blackburn 5-0 in an FA Cup third round replay in midweek.

As they look certain to break the 100-goal barrier this weekend, City are averaging three goals a game and four in home matches.

Pellegrini wants more of the same, but cannot guarantee the goal glut will continue.

"We will try to play every game as a final and we will try to score the most amount of goals in every game, but it is very difficult to know what will happen in the future," he said.

Pellegrini's caution comes ahead of a fixture which may remind him of when not all went well this season.

City were beaten 3-2 at Cardiff in August, one of four losses they suffered in their first six away games.

Pellegrini said: "We are not thinking that we have an easy game."