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Pellegrini unfazed by defeat

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Cape Town - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he is unfazed by his side's defeat at West Ham over the weekend and insists the Citizens can handle the pressure that comes with defending their Premier League title.

City slipped up at Upton Park on Saturday after a 2-1 loss to the Hammers cost them three points, but after Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford yesterday, Pellegrini's side are just six points adrift of the leaders.

"The pressure is to win the title, the pressure is to retain the title. My pressure, I think, is the best pressure for me," the Chilean told Sky Sports.

"We are in the third position of the table in this moment. We must continue playing as champions. Nothing happened (was decided) (at West Ham), in a game where we had four, five clear chances to score."

"It is always hard to play in the Premier League," he said. "To defend the title, to try to win the title it is always very hard because all the games are very tough.

City host local rivals Manchester United in the league at the Etihad Stadium next weekend, and Pellegrini stressed his side would just carry on in the manner which saw them hunt down both Liverpool and Chelsea over the run-in last season.


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