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Sunday 4 December 2016

Pellegrini positive for next season as QPR suffer drop

Aguero scored a hat-trick
Aguero scored a hat-trick

Manchester City were left wondering what might have been in the Premier League this season but manager Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic for the future after his side returned to their free-flowing best to dismantle and ultimately relegate Queens Park Rangers 6-0 yesterday.

Last year's champions City have scored 77 league goals this season - more than any other side - but a lack of consistency allowed Chelsea to run away with the title.

City showed why they can be such a dangerous attacking force against QPR, however, as Sergio Aguero grabbed a hat-trick and Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva netted a goal each to send the London club down to the Championship.

"We have to finish the season the way we want to play. The desire the team reflects in this moment is very important for us," Pellegrini said.

"It's not easy for any team to win titles in a row in the Premier League because you have five teams who have the same power as our squad and money to spend. Of course, I am sure next year we will be fighting again for the title.

"In the last four years this team won two Premier Leagues and finished second twice. We won the League Cup, the FA Cup, we must improve for the future but I never accept we are failing. It's not a revolution I think we need."

QPR boss Chris Ramsey said: "Everybody is very disappointed we've lost our status in the Premier League but knew coming here today it was going to be very, very difficult and we would have obviously rather performed better than that."

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