Pellegrini: Now we can talk about the title
- 07 May 2014 22:26
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
With just one game of the 2013/14 season remaining, Manuel Pellegrini is finally ready to discuss the prospect of winning the Barclays Premier League title.
Throughout the campaign, the Chilean has shied away from any suggestion that City were favourites for the trophy but now his team are two points clear at the top with one home game to go, Pellegrini admits they should now finish the job.
Manuel also hailed the character and the personality his side demonstrated in the 4-0 dismantling of Aston Villa.
“Now we can talk about the title because if we win the next game we will win the title – we couldn’t say that before today,” Pellegrini declared.
“It will be important to win, not only because of the title, but the way we can win the title.
“I think that we have a style of play, we are an attractive team, we score a lot of goals, and we always think we can score more.
"There are many ways to win a title but I choose this one: attacking football. For me, that has just as much importance as winning the title - I’m very happy to manage a team in this way.
"It's been a very strange season because we were always chasing - we had three games in hand at most stages, now we are top of the table and I hope we will not lose on Sunday."
“I’m also very happy because the team played very well throughout tonight. Maybe we didn’t score in the first half but we had possession of the ball, we didn’t give any chances away and we continued playing patiently to create the space – it was just a matter of time until we scored.
“That was the personality and the character of the team to win this game.”
Yaya Toure scored a stunning fourth goal in additional time to become only the second player to score 20+ goals in a Premier League season.
Pellegrini believes that Yaya has done more than answer his critics in a phenomenal season from the Ivorian.
“Yaya scored an amazing amount of goals,” the 60-year old smiled.
“Maybe when we started the season and in the middle of the season he had lots of criticism, because he didn’t mark players.
“But Yaya is a complete midfielder – the way he plays – he takes part in the builds up, he scores goals, he marks players – he can do everything.”
City became the first team to score 100+ goals in a Premier League since Chelsea in 2009/10 in this latest win which is a fact that pleases the City boss as much as the potential silverware.
“We lost two or three games away earlier in the season but the way we play, I’m very happy,” he asserted.
“There are different ways to win titles and I choose this one. I want the fans to enjoy the season and I want to win in this way.
“This team always believed it could win the title – the way we recovered from only getting six points from the first 18 available away from home. Since then, we’ve won the most points away.
“We made a lot of changes at the start of the season but the whole squad never had any doubts on what they could achieve.”
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