Pellegrini turns focus to West Ham

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April 13, 2015 08:20:05 UK

Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini says his side must get back on track against West Ham, having suffered a 4-2 derby mauling by Manchester United.

The defeat, the Citizens’ fourth in their last six Premier League games, leaves them down in fourth place in the table – four points behind the Red Devils and five adrift of second-placed Arsenal.

It is my responsibility and the only way we can change this is by winning games.

Manuel Pellegrini

And Pellegrini shouldered the blame for that slump following their latest setback, with the defence of their league title all but over with leaders Chelsea now 12 points away in the distance.

The Chilean told reporters: “It is my responsibility and the only way we can change this is by winning games.

“We are concerned, but now we must try to win the next game at home to West Ham. We have been first or second the whole year and now we are fourth, but United and Arsenal have to play against Chelsea.

“We have 18 more points to play for. We must not be dramatic. We must fight until the end of the season.

“For the club, for me, for the players, it is very important to be in a position for the Champions League. We have six games more to try to do it.”

City are now 1.10 to finish in the top four, with Liverpool 7.00 and Southampton 17.00.

Finishing in fourth place would mean that City would face a play-off tie to try and qualify for the Champions League group stage next season.

Next up the Citizens welcome West Ham to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 19th April, with the hosts hoping to gain revenge for a 2-1 loss in the capital in late October, when goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho gave the Hammers all three points.

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