Pellegrini pleased by Man City performance in Chelsea draw

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with the effort his side put in during the 1-1 draw with title rivals Chelsea, claiming they were the only side that wanted to win the match, Sky Sports has reported.

Chances were few and far between in a tight opening 40 minutes, with Sergio Aguero dragging a shot wide for the reigning Premier League champions, but the deadlock was broken by Chelsea as a lovely passing move was finished off by striker Loic Remy, who tucked away Eden Hazard’s pinpoint cross.

But City were able to equalise before half time as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was unable to deal with Jesus Navas’ dangerous cross. The ball fell to Aguero, whose shot was deflected home by a sliding David Silva.

Despite dominating possession and territory for much of the second period, Man City struggled to create clear openings and had to settle for a draw, one which keeps them five points behind their hosts in the race for the league title.

And after the game, Pellegrini said: “We played a very good game, there was one team that wanted to win from the beginning. The only chance Chelsea had they scored, we had the more clear chances.

“I am very proud with our team that we have the personality to come here in this difficult stadium against the best team maybe in this moment in the Premier League and try to win from the first minute to the end.”

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