Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he’ll have no one to blame but himself if the club’s season ends in total failure.
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The Premier League champions have been cut adrift in the race to defend their title in recent weeks, with leaders Chelsea now commanding a six point lead with a game in hand. City have only won four of their last ten games, and are even at risk of dropping out of the top four.
Barcelona beat Pellegrini’s side 1-0 on Wednesday to end the Chilean side’s interest in the Champions League, and after being knocked out of both domestic cup competitions early on, only a late title charge is likely to save the job of the 61-year-old.
Pellegrini, who was quoted by the Daily Star, said: “I think that always it will be my responsibility because I always choose the starting XI. I choose the squad and I choose the way we like to play.
“I don’t think that against Burnley you can have a lack of effort if you have 70 per cent possession of the ball. We are not in a creative moment and maybe we are not playing well, but I never think that the players don’t want to do it – they always want to do it.”
Despite the club’s difficulties, Pellegrini – who has been linked with a summer move away from the Etihad Stadium – insists that City’s season hasn’t been a complete disaster.
He added: “If you cannot enjoy playing Champions League against Barcelona, fighting for the title in the Premier League, being with this team, being in the best league in world, if you don’t enjoy it, you must need to see a doctor.
“The season isn’t a disaster, we are not in eighth, ninth or 10th position in the league. It depends now on what Chelsea do, but we must aim for second position and keep the pressure on Chelsea.