Man City Must Win The League Title To Save Our Season
While talks of a quadruple were dumbfounded and completely unrealistic, Manchester City's hierarchy will not be pleased if Pellegrini finishes the season with just the League cup. After being knocked out of all their other competitions in the space of 4 days, City now face a stern test of their character.
City's season is at a threat of being a failure and Pellegrini must pull together his disheartened squad and launch a charge on the Premier League title. While Chelsea may hold the advantage in having already attained maximum points, City could still go top of the league if they win their 3 games in hand. Manuel knows fully well that he must have something to show for the massive investment back in the summer or risk scrutiny and pressure ahead of next season. With City's squad looking tired and broken in recent weeks, Pellegrini enters his toughest phase as Manchester City's manager yet.
The diabolical form of City's strikers, horrible defensive lapses and injuries have stalled Manchester City's season to devastating effect this past month. It's now been 1,113 minutes collectively since Aguero, Dzeko and Negredo have scored a goal. These frightening statistics will derail City's season if they aren't addressed and Aguero's recent injury will only ensure it will be even more difficult. The Dzeko - Negredo partnership hasn't been fruitful at all and considering Jovetic is still a week away from fitness, Pellegrini should pair Silva with one of the strikers ahead of Hull this weekend. David Silva can play the center-forward role brilliantly as his performance in Munich showed. Playing him there in Aguero's absence also means Nasri can play on the left and best of all we don't get to see Negredo and Dzeko together.
Pellegrini showed remarkable adaptability after City's poor start to the season and he must show it again to keep a disjointed Manchester City competing with Mourinho's little horse. Jose is a master at these tense title races yet even he knows this won't be easy. Chelsea will definitely draw a European giant in the next round of the Champions League should they beat Galatasaray next week. These European ties are emotionally and physically draining and Mourinho knows it will takes its toll on their title challenge. With City now only focussing on the league, Pellegrini is fully aware the the scales are not fully stacked against him.
A huge opportunity awaits City now. A domestic double is almost as good it as it gets in club football and it is something that hasn't been achieved at City in a very, very long time. The benefits of succeeding are boundless while the prospect of failure could be detrimental. Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to claim himself as one of Europe's top managers and these last few months provide him precisely that opportunity.
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