After winning 3-0 away at Southampton, Manuel Pellegrini has expressed his ambitions to fight Chelsea for the Premier League title. Although the Saints proved handful for Manchester City, the Sky Blue completed a 3-0 mauling of Ronald Koeman’s team in the second half. With Chelsea dropping points in the week, Manchester City move onto second and are still six points adrift of Chelsea. However, Manuel Pellegrini believes that the Premier League is far from over and anything could happen given the highly volatile nature of this league.
“I repeat exactly the same words as last week against Swansea. We have to play 25 games more. It’s a lot of points. No one knows what happens in the future. In one week, you can change things. Chelsea are playing very well. Let’s see what happens in the future. We just have to work on us.” commented Pellegrini.
“I think we can complain about a lot of things in this team during this year, that we have been conceding too many goals and not scoring as many as last season,but the only thing we cannot complain about is the spirit, the personality and the ambition of this squad.” he added.
Manchester City were struggling with an ailing form and were in the thick of defensive howlers – led by their summer signing Eliaquim Mangala. Mangala, was once again sent off in City’s clash against Southampton.
“I think Mangala played very well. It was an unnecessary foul.
“It was not Mangala who lost the ball. He and Kompany played very well. Remember, Southampton have two important strikers and they had just one chance against the goalkeeper.”
Manuel Pellegrini was quick to defend Sergio Aguero who was booked for diving, following a clear foul from Jose Fonte. ““I thought it was a penalty but I’m not the referee. One thing I was sure was Sergio never dived. He doesn’t try to cheat the referee … so he wouldn’t have done it that way. It’s not frustrating. It’s not important what happened. He is a human person and he can make a mistake.”
Still Pellegrini was all happy, as Manchester City routed Southampton. The Chilean expressed his joy and said ““I am very pleased with this result because we beat a very strong team. They were second in the table before today and deserved to be in that position. They have defended very well all season, so to have beaten them 3-0 was very impressive. They created just one chance in the whole 90 minutes and another clean sheet is important for the trust in our team. Scoring three times against the best defence in the division is also important.”
Manchester City with this win leapfrog Southampton into second place with twenty seven points. City play Sunderland midweek and would be looking to bag all three points at the Stadium of Light.