Next Game

Melbourne Victory v Man City

Saturday, 18 July 2015, 08:00

Friendly Match

Pellegrini won't play it safe

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City will not risk their title chances by playing for a draw when they travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.

Last Updated: 14/04/14 at 10:31 Post Comment

Manuel Pellegrini: Claims Manchester City will be out to win when they face Live

Manuel Pellegrini: Claims Manchester City will be out to win when they face Live

Brendan Rodgers' side moved two points clear of second-placed Chelsea on Sunday, but City head into the final seven games of the season with the championship in their own hands.

Although four points adrift of the league leaders, Pellegrini's City have two games in hand, meaning even a draw at Anfield along with victory in their final six matches can still see them top the table.

However, against a free-scoring Liverpool team that have won their last nine Premier League matches, Pellegrini is leaving no room for caution.

"Maybe I am wrong but I always think in the same as a manger - if you play to draw, you will lose," he said.

"So we are going to play to win. Of course, after the game, if we couldn't win the game and we draw it's a good result, but we are not going to play against Liverpool thinking we must draw.

"We don't know to play in that way. "

Creative football

Liverpool also top the goal-scoring table having netted 90 times - 52 of which coming via the strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge - while City remain a close second with 84 goals and Pellegrini revealed his respect for the Reds' free-flowing style of play.

"I am very happy for football," the Chilean coach added. "For attractive football, creative football.

"That's why I think Liverpool have a lot of merits in the year they are having so far, because they are an attractive team and they always score.

"Maybe I also am wrong, but I prefer important teams, big teams, than those that just want to win 1-0 and give all the possession of the ball to the other team, score one goal and always defend during 90 minutes."

While he favours an attacking mentality, Pellegrini admits there can be consequences at the opposite end of the pitch.

However, the City manager believes they have become a well-rounded force as the season has progressed.

"We tried from the beginning of the season to play attractive football and be an offensive and creative team," Pellegrini said.

"I think the best way to win games is to score goals. But on the other side maybe at the beginning we conceded too many goals.

"In the second half of the season we have improved in defence and are at the moment a very balanced team."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Sergio Ramos has refused to discuss interest from Manchester United

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has raised further question marks over his future after a coy response concerning interest from Manchester United.

Van Persie 'agrees Fenerbahce terms'

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is close to joining Fenerbahce after reportedly agreeing terms with the Turkish club.

Roma keen to sign Man City striker Edin Dzeko but admit a transfer is not close

Roma have confirmed their interest in signing Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko this summer - but admit a deal is some distance from being agreed.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company