Pellegrini: Liverpool cracked

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Liverpool cracked under the pressure of last season's Premier League title race.

Last Updated: 25/08/14 at 16:05 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Pellegrini’s side were beaten 3-2 at Anfield in April, a result which left them trailing Liverpool by seven points at the top of the table with two games in hand.

But Brendan Rodgers’ men managed just two wins in their remaining four fixtures as they lost to Chelsea and drew at Palace, while a six-game unbeaten run saw City storm to the title.

Pellegrini said: "I was not surprised (Liverpool did not win the title).

"I was absolutely convinced when I said the words that I said, ‘Careful. It’s not finished because they have to play four games more and the pressure, when you are at the top of the table, is increasing after every game’.

"The most important thing for us was not to think about Liverpool, but to think about what we had to do – we had to win the last five games and we did.

"I can’t talk about what happened with Liverpool at that moment, but from my experience, when you are finishing the season, the pressure increases for every team, not only for Liverpool.

"Everyone says it’s a very difficult league and every team can beat any other team every weekend.

"So when you have to play four more games and you have only two points at the top (over second-placed Chelsea), you cannot be sure of being champions.

"That’s why I was sure they weren’t going to win the four games they had to play."

Pellegrini has boosted his squad this summer with the arrivals of Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Willy Caballero and Eliaquim Mangala, and he is backing his men to retain their crown this season.

"I think that five or six teams have the option to win the title, but I always favour my players," he said.

"Other teams have strong squads, but, if you are analysing the players, I prefer mine."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Rooney Enjoying 'Scholes' Role

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is revelling in his position as an attacking central midfielder, after he scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky give 10-man Arsenal 2-1 win over QPR

Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over QPR despite Olivier Giroud's second-half sending off.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property