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Pellegrini: We fought to the end

TITLE FIGHT: Manuel Pellegrini at Arsenal

TITLE FIGHT: Manuel Pellegrini at Arsenal

Manuel Pellegrini has insisted City’s second half performance in their defeat to Arsenal proves they can continue to fight for the Premier League title.

Manuel Pellegrini has insisted City’s second half performance in their defeat to Arsenal proves they can continue to fight for the Premier League title.

Yaya Toure’s left footed strike late into the second half at the Emirates gave the Blues hope but it wasn’t to be as the Gunners saw out the 2-1 victory.

It is over three months since City last won away in the Premier League, with the 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace being the Blues’ last three point haul on the road, but Pellegrini isn’t fazed.

“I am thinking about the future not the past. We have 63 points more to win. I think the way we played in the second half we are going to be an important team in fighting for the title” said the Chilean.

He continued: “In the second half we took more risks, we created a lot of chances, we had more possession, we had lots of shots but in a match this important you can’t make mistakes.

“We played better than Arsenal but for the second goal we made a mistake and that was decisive. I am very proud of the attitude of the team though. We kept fighting until the end and never gave up.”

A major positive for City tonight was the return of Sergio Aguero. This was the Argentinian’s first start since limping out of the victory over Southampton on the 28th November.

“I think that it was important for Sergio to return to the team. Maybe he needs a few more matches to return to his form but it was important for the team that he played tonight” said Pellegrini.

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