Pellegrini: No pressure for trophies at Man City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t believe his job will be in danger if he fails to land either the Premier League or the Champions League this season, ESPN has reported.

It was claimed that City had laid down a target of winning five trophies between 2013 and 2018 when appointing Pellegrini from Malaga, while Roberto Mancini, the Chilean’s predecessor, was sacked in the summer of 2013, a year after winning the Premier League title, after the 2012-13 campaign ended without silverware.

The issue was raised with Pellegrini at a pre-match Press conference prior to City’s game against Leicester City, amid speculation that Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone, of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid respectively, were being lined up as possible successors.

“I never have any pressure to win the amount of titles and to win a title every year if I want to continue here,” Pellegrini insisted. “When I signed the contract, I was never told I must win a title every year or that I must win five trophies in five years.

“You never know in football. There are different ways to analyse the season. The title is important but it is not the only important thing,” he added.

City are currently second in the Premier League table, five points behind Chelsea, and are in the Champions League Round of 16 but trail Barcelona 2-1 from their first leg meeting, at City’s Etihad Stadium. City were meanwhile knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle and the FA Cup by Middlesbrough, both defeats coming at home.

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