Pellegrini: City still in hunt

Manuel Pellegrini admits Manchester City's away form is concerning, but remains optimistic regarding their title chances.

Last Updated: 11/11/13 at 15:04 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Endured another forgettable afternoon on the road at Sunderla

Manuel Pellegrini: Endured another forgettable afternoon on the road at Sunderla

A 1-0 reversal at Sunderland on Sunday was City's fourth setback on the road this season.

Their only success in the league away from the Etihad Stadium came against West Ham United, with four points taken from 18 on offer.

Only a 100 per cent home record is keeping the Blues in the hunt for the Premier League crown, but they have slipped to eighth place in the table - six points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

Pellegrini concedes that a cure to the travel sickness must be found, and quickly, but the Chilean is convinced that City can still work their way to the top of the pile.

He said on the back of another disappointing display at the Stadium of Light: "I'm concerned because we are losing too many points away.

"Of course that makes winning the title very difficult because if you don't win away, then it is hard to try to fight for the Premier League.

"I don't think we are playing badly, but we must improve. If we can do that then I'm absolutely sure that we're going to win the league.

"My reaction is very similar to the other games we have lost away from home - it's incredible the way we lost the match.

"Sunderland played really well, particularly defending, especially for a team that is in a really difficult position.

"So I understand the way they played, but they had just one chance at our goal and they scored. We had all the possession, we had all those chances, but didn't score."

But Sky Sports' Jamie Redknapp found himself questioning the attitude of some of the City players after the defeat.

Speaking on Super Sunday, Redknapp said: "I think the City players must think when they go away they're just going to turn up and play and teams will roll over - it just doesn't work like that.

"Yes they're missing David Silva, of course they miss Vincent Kompany but they still have so much money you expect so much more from their players.

You could have given the Man of the Match award to any of the Sunderland players in a red and white shirt, they were amazing. They played football under pressure, they dug in and rode their luck at times."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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