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Pellegrini defends Man City's faltering season

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Troubled times for Pellegrini at City
Troubled times for Pellegrini at City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted his side's season should not be hailed as a disaster, despite the likelihood that they will finish without a trophy.

Faltering in the defence of their Premier League title and out-classed by Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night, many observers expected Pellegrini to pay for his side's with the sack and yet he is trying to remain upbeat.

"Everyone can say what they want to say or what they think will happen," he said, when asked whether he feared losing his job.

"The most important thing for me is to work in the same way we are doing because I think we are doing well.

"I think it was a very good year last year to win both titles. Maybe other people don't think how difficult it can be to do it because in England we have very strong teams in every year. It is not easy to win a double.

"This year all of us want to win the title every year. I don't think it is possible to do it (every year) but I think it is possible to fight to the end."

Pellegrini's side have won just three of their last 12 games in all competitions, going out of the FA Cup as well as falling six points behind Chelsea - having played a game more - in the Premier League.

Roberto Mancini was sacked two years ago just 12 months after winning the title and Pellegrini's future cannot therefore be certain, but he is still happy at the club.

Asked if he was still relishing his job at City, Pellegrini concluded: "Of course. Every day I enjoy it.

"If you cannot enjoy playing Champions League against Barcelona, fighting for the title in the Premier League, being with this team, being in the best league in the world, if you don't enjoy it, you must see a doctor."