Cape Town - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the media have placed unrealistic expectations on his team by expecting them to win silverware every season.
The Chilean won the League Cup and Premier League in his first season in charge, but will end this season trophyless after failing to defend either title.
Pellegrini bemoaned that his club seems to be the only one the media expects to win the league every season despite there being five teams who are at least as strong as City.
Interestingly, he also blamed a lack of spending power after the club were limited to a net spend of £49 million by UEFA for failing to meet Financial Fair Play criteria last season.
"I appreciate that you think the only team that must win the title is City," he said.
"We cannot win trophies every year. It is impossible especially in this year.
"This year Arsenal spend more money, Chelsea spend more money, United spend more money, Liverpool more money and have very strong squads.
"You have another five teams that are as strong as your team.
"When you think the only team that must win the title is our team, I don't agree with that.
"Of course I want to win the title, but if for some reason we don't and finish second I don't think it is a shame.
"If we finish in seventh place without Europe I understand. But when we are the whole season 34 games and always second, I don't think that is the same criticism."