MANCHESTER, UK: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team can go through the remainder of the Premier League season unbeaten if they show the same character they displayed in a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa.
Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) thrilling win at Eastlands, settled by Fernandinho’s 89th-minute shot, left City firmly on course for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.
But while unhappy with City’s defending against relegation-threatened opponents, Pellegrini said his side had showed the character that would carry them to second place behind champions-elect Chelsea.
“We didn’t play well today (Saturday), maybe it was one of our worst games in possession,” said Pellegrini, whose side have rarely hit the heights this term that saw them win the Premier League title last season.
“We have so much possession every game, against every team, so it was strange to see how much possession we lost,” the Chilean added.
“But it is not easy when you are winning 2-0, and they come back to 2-2, to go on and get the winner but we did it. If we play with this spirit, maybe we don’t lose another game.
“We have to play for another 12 points and I think it was important to win these three points and see what happens tomorrow (Sunday) with (Manchester) United and Arsenal. But it will not be decided this weekend.
“With another 12 points to play for it is very important to continue playing with the spirit we had today.”
City were gifted an early lead after an error by goalkeeper Brad Guzan which saw Sergio Aguero score his 21st league goal of the campaign and remain on course to finish as the division’s leading scorer.
“I think it is important, after the team, to have individual awards for different players,” said Pellegrini.