Pellegrini targets lengthy winning run

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has set his mind on winning all eight of his side’s remaining Premier League games in 2014 as he looks to bridge the gap to leaders Chelsea, reports the Daily Mirror.

The defending champions have struggled in recent matches, only taking a total of one point from their last two away outings at West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers. That run leaves them eight points behind Jose Mourunho’s side, who many are tipping to win the title with a degree of comfort.

On Saturday, City take on fifth-placed Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium to begin a pivotal run up to the New Year, and on paper, they have a largely favourable run of games as Southampton, Sunderland, Everton, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley provide the opposition.

And Pellegrini is determined to take maximum points to drag his side back into the title race. He said: “I think December and this week of November are a decisive month for the Premier League. We’re going to play eight games in the Premier League and we are going to finish the first half of the season at the end of December.

“We have 24 more points to try to win. We have to try to do it. The 24 points that we’re going to play for now in November and December are very crucial to try to be as near to the top of the table as we can.”

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