Saturday 18 November 2017

Positive Manuel Pellegrini targets surge for Man City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Phil Medlicott

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to see the Blues hit a hot streak on the back of their mauling of Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.

Prior to triumphing 7-0 in the midweek tie at the Etihad Stadium, City had gone four games in all competitions without a win.

And ahead of today's Premier League trip to Hull, Pellegrini's reigning champions are sixth in the table, with their five top-flight fixtures so far having yielded eight points - five fewer than leaders Chelsea.

The Chilean insists he is not worried about the start City have made to the campaign, but at the same time he has no doubt they need to stop dropping points.

"I think it was a very useful match for our team," said the City boss of the Wednesday's hammering of Wednesday

"We were not scoring too many goals at home. In the previous four games, we didn't win.

"We were not playing bad but we were not winning, and it was important to win in the way we did.

"I hope this can continue in the future, especially against Hull because in the Premier League we cannot drop many points."

He added: "For all the teams, it is not good to drop points near the beginning because finally you could win or lose the Premier League by just one point.

"But for the moment, I think we are not worried."

City have Sergio Aguero and David Silva back available after knee and ankle problems respectively, along with Pablo Zabaleta following the completion of his suspension.

Samir Nasri and Fernando (both groin) and Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Frank Lampard will be looking to continue his fine form for City, which has brought three goals in the last two games.

The 36-year-old former England and Chelsea midfielder's loan to City from their American sister outfit New York City has been a hot topic of conversation, with Pellegrini saying it is "not impossible" that the champions may look to extend the deal beyond January.

Lampard said he will "see what happens", stressing no talks of that nature had yet taken place, while New York City boss Jason Kreis has been quoted as saying "there is no truth to that rumour at all" with regard to any possible extension.

Irish Independent

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