Despite having dropped fourth in the table, Pellegerini stated in today’s press conference in his opinion this season is not a disaster for Citizens.
He remains optimistic, commenting the last defeats saying: “We have lost the last three (away) games, but the last two with two goals in set-pieces, against Burnley and Palace.”
“We hope we continue keeping the good things we are doing because we are not a disaster, we’re not a mess. We are doing a lot of things well.”
“We must improve because we are not having the results we need but never in my way of thinking are we happy with a draw.”
City won the last four derbies and another victory could set a new record: City have never won five derbies in succession before and nor has any side in Premier League history beaten United on five consecutive occasions.
That could provide extra motivation for City. And Pellegrini feels the club are still looking at the former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s “noisy neighbours” as a dominant to defeat at every cost.
Pellegrini said: “I think the first motivation is always to win. After that motivation is (comes from) against whom you are going to (try to) win, being a derby against a strong team like Manchester United.”
“They dominated the league for so many years but one time Sir Alex Ferguson said the neighbours are disturbing them a little bit more – so I say that’s double motivation for us.”