Pellegrini believes Man City are still Premier League title contenders

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team are still in contention to win the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported, despite losing to struggling Sunderland.

Pellegrini did concede, however, that City’s away form has got to improve if they are to have an impact at the top of the table. The defeat at the Stadium of Light was City’s fourth away loss of the season but they remain six points adrift of league leaders Arsenal after the Gunners were beaten at Old Trafford by Manchester United.

I’m concerned because we are losing too many points away,” Pellegrini said. “Of course that makes winning the title very difficult because if you don’t win away, then it is hard to try to fight for the Premier League.

I don’t think we are playing badly, but we must improve. If we can do that then I’m absolutely sure that we’re going to win the league,” the former Malaga boss added.

Pellegrini went on to insist that City were the better side – and that Sunderland won despite having very few efforts on goal. “My reaction is very similar to the other games we have lost away from home – it’s incredible the way we lost the match,” he said.

Sunderland played really well, particularly defending, especially for a team that is in a really difficult position. So I understand the way they played, but they had just one chance at our goal and they scored,” Pellegrini argued. “We had all the possession, we had all those chances, but didn’t score.

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