Manchester City moved to third in the Premier League after a fine win over Chelsea.
The 3-0 win over the West London outfit at Stamford Bridge was only the second for City at this ground in recent years. However, it may have been one of the most convincing. It has put City firmly in control of the race for the top three places. This gives the club a huge advantage since they will not have to be involved in a qualifying game to reach the group stages. Arsenal, meanwhile, have slipped to fourth spot following the latest results.
Manuel Pellegrini ruled out the possibility of winning the title a few weeks ago and he may not change his position even after this victory. City have left themselves with too much to do in the final five games of the campaign. It would take an astronomical collapse from Leicester and Tottenham in order to see City crowned as the champions. Pellegrini will be leaving the club at the end of the campaign to be replaced by Pep Guardiola. The club’s poor form started once the announcement was made official. Pellegrini, though, says that the club’s failure to remain in the title race was down to other factors.
The Chilean has seen City reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time in their history. “The mathematical reason we are not challenging for the title is because we lost three games in a row at the start of February. We lost to Leicester and Tottenham at home and Liverpool away and three defeats in a row like that is not normal in this team.When you are in charge of teams, when you are involved in the season, you are in charge of the group then I don’t think it is right to try and find different reasons,” said Pellegrini.