Pellegrini dismissive of any Man City pressure

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied he or his side are under pressure as they prepare to face rivals Manchester United this weekend, Sky Sports is reporting.

City have been out of sorts in recent weeks that has seen their Champions League qualification hopes left hanging by a thread, with Chelsea taking full advantage of their stuttering league form too.

Pellegrini’s men have lost two of their opening nine league games to leave themselves six points behind pace setters Chelsea – while they also exited the Capital One Cup this week thanks to a home loss to an under-strength Newcastle.

Many have turned up the heat on the Etihad side and they face a huge week of football to show their doubters they can turn it around before it is too late, facing fierce rivals Manchester United before a crunch Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow that they cannot afford to drop any points from.

But Pellegrini has insisted that he nor his side are aware of the building pressure surrounding them.

He said: “I don’t know what pressure (there is).

“I think it is very difficult to analyse the season when it is just in October, when you have just played nine Premier League games and you don’t know whether or not you are going to qualify in the Champions League.

“It is the reality that we are eliminated from the Capital One Cup – but last year we were the only (title-contending) team to continue in the Capital One, so maybe the other teams will have more difficulties this season when they have to play so many games.”

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