Pellegrini ‘not concerned’ by job pressure despite latest loss leaving Man City’s title chances in t
Under-pressure Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is unconcerned about his job despite seeing his side’s Premier League title chances left in tatters on Monday night.
Crystal Palace stunned the defending champions with a 2-1 home victory to leave City nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, who still have a game in hand.
They now sit in fourth place, behind rivals Manchester United and Arsenal, with seven matches remaining and while Pellegrini was left to lament his side’s missed chances against the spirited Eagles, the boss attempted to deflect pressure away from himself and his team.
“I'm not concerned about my job; that is one thing I am never concerned with,” said the Chilean following Monday’s loss.
"I never have fear about it, I do my work, I'm very happy. The team maybe have a difficult season but never worry about me.
"We are not thinking about Chelsea, or about the title. We are just trying to win our games."
Goals from Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon – beating Joe Hart with a wonderful free kick – proved enough to secure the three points, despite Yaya Toure’s thunderbolt giving City hope with ten minutes remaining.
But there was more than a hint of offside about Murray's strike, with both the striker and Scott Dann appearing to be beyond the last man, while Murray was also involved in controversy at the other end when the ball hit his arm in the penalty area
And City boss Pellegrini was left to rue his side’s rotten luck as his side saw their trophy chances all but slip away.
"It was a clear offside. Also it was a clear penalty," he added. "But with the way we played we must win this game.
"It’s difficult to understand the result, we played a good game from the beginning to the end, we had a lot of chances to score.
"Although the second goal was a beautiful free-kick, it's the only thing I remember near our box, so it's difficult to understand but football happens like this."