Pre Match Video
As he also looked ahead to Saturday’s (9th April) home match against West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League, Manchester City’s outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini on Friday (8th April) refused to be drawn on questions over his future.
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City manager (Asked whether title chances have gone.):
“No, because I will repeat the same answer as one month ago when there’s a mathematical chance you must always continue thinking that you can do it. The only thing in this moment is that you don’t depend on what you can do, so the only thing that you can do is to win your game. That’s our mentality, we are going to try to win the game. Of course I think that we have a lot of points to recover. It’s not easy (i.e. likely) that the other are in front of us, the three teams: (Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal can lose all the points but you must continue trusting and you must continue not giving up, and try to continue playing well and winning your points.”
West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis on Friday (8th April) considered his team’s Premier League match away to Manchester City on Saturday evening (9th April).
“The 40 points was vital for us, it was very important to get the 40 points. It’s been a strange week in many respects. We’ve been doing lots of things off the pitch. We got involved with the community in some community schemes. We have to now get our heads in gear because we’re playing a team that on their day are a wonderful team. They’ve got fantastic talent. They’re one of two or three teams that, if they play to their maximum, they can beat anybody in the world. We know how tough it’s going to be.”
“I don’t think it’s like that. He’s been a top manager, he’s done exceptionally well at Man City. Obviously he’s had the resources that everybody hopes and prays for. He’s handled himself very well and his staff have as well. I’m sure they’ll be going out to win that second game against PSG and get into the semi-finals. Then they’ve got a wonderful chance to get into the final. It would be lovely to see. It’s the same with Liverpool, you want British clubs to do well in Europe. I hope those two teams succeed.”
SUBS: Olsson, Gardner, Anichebe, Myhill, Leko, Yacob, McManaman.
WEST BROM (4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Chester; Sandro, Fletcher; Sessegnon, Berahino, McClean; Rondon.
SUBS: Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Demichelis, Iheanacho, Clichy, Caballero.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2): Hart; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov; Navas, Fernando, Delph, Nasri; Aguero, Bony.