Friday 15 December 2017

Pellegrini insists job is secure even if City lose to Barcelona

City boss bullish ahead of Barca clash

Manchester City's coach Manuel Pellegrini attends a news conference
Manchester City's coach Manuel Pellegrini attends a news conference

Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed suggestions his days as Manchester City manager may be numbered as his side attempt to overturn a 2-1 deficit to Barcelona in tonight's Champions League last 16, second leg.

Pellegrini has a contract with City until the end of next season but a run of poor results has severely dented their chances of successfully defending their Premier League title and reaching the last eight of Europe's elite club competition.

"There is no strange atmosphere at City," Chilean Pellegrini told a news conference last night ahead of the Nou Camp clash.

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"We are still second in the Premier League, we are strong and we want to show that," added the 61-year-old.

"I respect all opinions but I don't think my job is in danger at the moment. I don't feel any pressure, I am simply focusing on playing the right game. I still have a year left on my contract and I am confident of seeing it out."

City will need to score at least twice to have any hope of advancing but have been struggling for goals in recent weeks.

Their chances should be boosted by the return of former Barca midfielder Yaya Toure after suspension.

"I always say that we can play without Yaya and still win but I prefer to have him in my team," Pellegrini said.

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