Mar 31, 2014

    'Good week', so City not singing the Blues


    MANAGER Manuel Pellegrini insisted that Manchester City had had "a good week" despite his men squandering the chance to topple Chelsea from the summit of the English Premier League.

    City had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Arsenal late on Saturday, just hours after leaders Chelsea were shocked by lowly Crystal Palace.

    "It's been a good week for us, gaining four points against Manchester United and Arsenal, both away games," Pellegrini said.

    He maintained that the result would not define their season, explaining: "The four teams (at the top) will drop points between now and the end of the season. It's always very difficult at the end of the season because sides in danger of relegation will fight to the last."

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger agreed, noting: "What happened to Chelsea today could happen to anyone.

    "It shows we have to fight until the end of the season because everybody can beat everybody. All of us have to be careful and all of us have to be consistent."

    Leaders Chelsea have 69 points with six matches to play. Liverpool were second on 68 points ahead of last night's match against Tottenham. City are third on 67 points but have played two games fewer than Chelsea. Fourth-placed Arsenal have 64 points.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had flown the white flag immediately after Chelsea's loss at Selhurst Park, saying: "We have lost our chance of finishing first. Now we depend too much on other results."

    He was fortunate that the "other results" eventually went in Chelsea's favour, although the Blues will have to put in displays that are far more convincing than that on Saturday.

    It was a point Mourinho acknowledged: "Crystal Palace deserved the victory, they fought for their lives.

    "Their spirit was stronger, their desire was stronger and their commitment was stronger. That disappoints me, but it's a defeat that we can only blame ourselves for."