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Pellegrini not fearing for his Man City future

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

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed he is not fearing for his future at the club and offered up a stout defence of his tactical abilities.

Pellegrini has come under fire after damaging defeats in his last two matches against Barcelona and Liverpool, with his critics suggesting his attack minded selections exposed his tactical weakness.

Yet the coach who guided City to Premier League and League Cup success last season was defiant when he met the media.

"I never have any pressure to win an amount of titles and to win a title every year if I want to continue here," stated the Chilean.

"I don't feel any pressure, especially from the media. I feel pressure only when I don't see my team playing the way I want to do it."

Prior to Pellegrini's appointment, chief executive Ferran Soriano spoke of an ambition to win five trophies in five seasons, but Pellegrini downplayed that stipulation.

"When I signed the contract, I was never told I must win a title every year or that I must win five trophies in five years," he added, amid rumours that Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone are being lined up to replace him.

"That was a sentence of Ferran. That is perfectly normal, but maybe you can win two in one year and one in another, the other another two.

"You never know in football. There are different ways to analyse the season. The title is important but it is not the only important thing.

"I only think about the present. You never know what will happen in the future.

"You don't know if we are going to win against Barcelona or be out of the Champions League. Maybe last year nobody would say we were going to win the Premier League.

"To think about the future is the worst thing because you are just speculating about a lot of things. It is important to live life in the present.

"I have 25 years' experience of management at important clubs and I never feel the pressure.

"It is not my duty to tell the media what they must think. Everyone has his opinion and the right to give their opinion."