Chilean only thinks four sides will be challenging at the top come May.
New Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini has ruled rivals Liverpool out of this season’s Premier League title race, according to reports in the Metro.
The experienced Chilean trainer has endured a tough start to his managerial career at Eastlands, with his big-spending outfit having been in eye-catching form on their own patch, however, on their travels the Blues have been woeful at times, losing to struggling outfits such as Sunderland, Cardiff City and Aston Villa so far.
And that has resulted in the north-west outfit languishing at present way down in eighth position in the table after the opening 11 matches of the new campaign, already six points behind leaders Arsenal.
Meanwhile, City also trail second-placed Liverpool by four points currently, although that has still not prevented the former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga manager from ruling Brendan Rodgers’s side entirely out of this campaign’s top-flight title race.
“The Premier League is very close this year,” said the City boss. “There are six clubs challenging, with very little difference between one team and another.
“We have a lot of points to fight for, and I think at the end it will be between Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.”
City face another tough test of their own title credentials this weekend when Pellegrini and Co entertain seventh-in-the-table Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad stadium, although the home team should be expecting to get the better of the north London club after their coach also discounted Andre Villas-Boas’s men from challenging for this campaign’s championship.