Merrill Pellegrini is a man under crisis after his Manchester City team suffered yet another defeat. This defeat came in the Manchester Derby against archrivals United. The 4-2 loss not only has ended their title challenge but it has also put them into contention with Liverpool for a top four place. The fact that Brendan Rodgers and his team were able to take advantage of this defeat has made it extremely hard for the club. The club will be ending the campaign without any trophies and this is a major negative aspects for Pellegrini in his efforts to stay at City.
Amidst several reports that the club are looking at alternatives like Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc, Pellegrini says that he will not discuss his future right now. The 3-0 victory over West Brom is the only success that City had in the last five matches. Pellegrini recently criticised the sacking culture in the Premier league where he claimed that managers are not given enough time to show their qualities. After having won the league title last campaign, but the club were expected to kick on and possibly reach the final of the Champions League. Despite taking the lead against United, City played very poorly in the 75 minutes and were deservedly beaten. Continue reading
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says that he does not expect to the club to spend much in the January transfer window due to restrictions from UEFA.
The club were found guilty of not complying with the financial fair play regulations. Several restrictions have been imposed on the club for this campaign. They were heavily impacted by this even during the summer when the club brought in only a few top names like Mangala. Pellegrini does not expect this to change in January even though the club have been linked with many players like Wilfried Bony.
Instead of signing new players, Pellegrini is set to concentrate on keeping the players at the club. This includes names like Scott Sinclair, who have been linked with an exit. Frank Lampard joined the club on a six-month loan deal back in the summer, but it now looks set to be extended until the end of the campaign. This will be vital given that Yaya Touré will be leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations. City are only three points behind Chelsea in the title race after 19 games. City have dropped some cheap points against the likes of Stoke City and Burnley. Pellegrini will be keen to avoid this in the New Year.
“No, I don’t think we will be busy. We have restrictions on money.I hope we start the New Year winning three points. [Sunderland are] a good team with a good manager. They have strong players.In general,  has been successful. We have the next five months now to continue to improve the way we play,” said Pellegrini. Manchester City are home to Sunderland on New Year’s Day. This completes a run of relatively easy fixtures for the team. They’re up against the likes of Everton, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the next few weeks.