Consistency from City in the Premier League even while focusing equally or more on the UEFA Champions League. "Every year you have stronger teams, so anything can happen. This group of players I am sure will never give up if we have the option to win the title". They have conceded 51 goals, with only Norwich and Sunderland letting in more (53).
The Reds have struggled to show their best consistently enough to inspire confidence that fourth place can be obtained from this disadvantaged position, but translating the sporadic brilliance into one-off games in Europe could lead to glory.
London, March.4: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that his side will never give up their Premier League title hopes despite suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield. We are not going to draw too many conclusions from this game.
The worrying statistic for City is that, despite looking good in cup competitions, they have won just one of four league matches since boss Pellegrini announced on February 1 that he would be leaving at the end of the season to make way for Pep Guardiola.
That's the minimum Liverpool need to hit 64 points, and that's why while as fans it might be natural to hope for a special, spectacular, unlikely finish to the 2015-16 season, the top four remains all but an impossibility.
This season, if you take out the first 6 weeks of the campaign, the Blues are no different than Liverpool, Manchester United or Everton. It's a very hard league.
The 2013-14 season also saw the Blues come from behind to win a title but much of the hard work was done over the festive period where the Blues started after the November International Break in 8th and yet topped the table by Boxing Day. We have one game in hand but I think it's important not to think about that but to think about improving our performances in the Premier League.
"We have the points total we deserve".
"We have just had a bad moment but we have 33 points [available] to try to reach it", said Pellegrini. The Chilean denied the team's performance had been affected by the news of his departure.
The Serbian left back said: 'Maybe we have an advantage but the other clubs are doing so well, especially Leicester and Tottenham.