Mar 16, 2015

    Title race not over despite City loss: Pellegrini


    MANCHESTER City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the Premier League title race is not over despite a damaging 1-0 defeat by relegation battlers Burnley at Turf Moor.

    Burnley forward George Boyd scored the decisive goal with a superb half-volley to give the Clarets a deserved victory against the reigning champions on Saturday.

    The defeat left City on 58 points, five points behind league leaders Chelsea, who met Southampton yesterday and have another game in hand.

    However, Pellegrini refused to concede that City can no longer win the title.

    "When you have a mathematical chance, you have a chance to win the title," he said.

    "The reality is that it's more difficult to do so now. Every point we drop will be more difficult.

    "When you have mathematical chances, you must continue fighting and see at the end of the season where you will finish.

    "We are not worried about just our team. We know every time we drop, it is more difficult. We have 27 points more we must fight for."

    The visitors produced a disappointing display as they failed to match the intensity and work-rate of Burnley's players, particularly in the first half.

    City now turn their attention to the second leg of their last-16 tie against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, which they trail 2-1.

    Perhaps with that match in mind, Pellegrini refused to be critical of the performance of his own players against Burnley, despite being outfought by the Clarets.

    "I am sure they tried to give everything," said the Chilean. "Of course we're doing something wrong as we are not winning the games we normally do.

    "I don't want to focus on two or three players. We are a team, a squad of 22 players, and I'm sure they're giving the most they can. It's important to continue trusting what they are doing.

    "I don't think we played very badly. We had three or four chances. Burnley had just one and had one goal, but I don't think we created enough chances.

    "Football is not only money. It is an important thing, but any team can win against another in the Premier League. We must create more chances against a team like Burnley."