Manchester City boss urges patience, despite claiming champions could finish 8th

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has slammed his side’s critics, claiming that they should only judge his club at the end of the season. His comments come despite him admitting that his side’s decline could see them finish the season as low as eighth place.

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The defending Premier League champions have endured a horrific run of form, which has seen them fall from title contention to the verge of missing out on the Champions League places, with Liverpool closing the gap on them in fourth place.

Pellegrini was quick to admit that his City future could rest on his side’s final six games of the season, predicting they could still finish as high as second. The Chilean also revealed that their recent run of form is the worst during his two years at the club.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League game against West Ham United, Pellegrini discussed the make or break nature of the fixture. In quotes taken by the Daily Express, he said: “Every time you finish the season you must analyse, whether you have won or lost.

“Maybe by winning the six games we will finish second; maybe if we lose all six we will finish eighth. So it is impossible to make the same analysis. You must review the whole season.”

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