English Premiership

Pellegrini defiant to the end

2015-03-02 11:23
Manuel Pellegrini (Supplied)
Manuel Pellegrini (Supplied)

London - Spectacular long-range strikes by midfielders Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho have earned Liverpool a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday that seriously compromised the Premier League champions' title defence.

However, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to concede that his side's title challenge is over despite this result meaning they failed to put any pressure on Chelsea who competed in the League Cup final with Tottenham Hotspur.

"It is not over," he said.

"You never know in football.

"Liverpool scored very good goals. We also missed some good chances. It was a close game where Liverpool played very well.

"We are worried about our team, not anyone else. It is important to carry on playing in the same way. We scored nine goals in the last two Premier League games, that's why I played the same team.

"Were Liverpool more energetic? The only way to explain is that they played well.

"We have to see the reaction in the next game. I hope the team will recover.

"I'm concerned that we are losing the ball too much - pressure is a factor. There is much we must analyse to improve.

"Of course it is difficult to reach the top of table if you lose three points. But we must keep going and try to return to our normal performance and see where it takes us."

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