Manchester City chief Manuel Pellegrini is wary of Norwich City backlash
23:32 07 February 2014
Manuel Pellegrini has warned his Manchester City squad the Canaries will be on a ‘revenge’ mission after dishing out a 7-0 beating at the Etihad.
The title-challenging Citizens romped to their biggest league win of the campaign against Chris Hughton’s side in November but the wily Chilean insists he is planning for a Carrow Road response.
“It’s a very difficult game, it is very important the way the team reacts after the (Chelsea) defeat at home,” said Pellegrini. “We play against a good team in Norwich, a team that tries to play, so we hope that we can win again. It will be absolutely different. They will want revenge for what happened here at home. They have a good team that play good football, it is very important for us to continue playing the same way we are doing away because the last four games we have won all of them.”
Pellegrini’s squad lost their unbeaten home record with a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night but the Manchester City boss has brushed off Jose Mourinho’s assertions his side’s title chances hinge on City and Arsenal blowing up.
“This is the team that has spent most money in the last 10 years, the team that spent most money this year and the team that spent the most money in the transfer window,” said Pellegrini. “He has shown in the last two games (against us) he has a strong team with some great players. I think he is favourite. He thinks if he wins he will have the merits but if he loses he does not have responsibility. It is the way he acts. Everyone acts the way he thinks is better for his team. I think it will be very close with Chelsea and Arsenal. Arsenal is the favourites because they have two points’ lead in the table. Of the 24 games we have played, Arsenal have been top of the table for 16 or 17. They have an important advantage. I am sure the three will fight to the end for the title.”
Pellegrini, however, is confident of maintaining their push for honours on four fronts with a domestic treble and the Champions League in his sights.
“We are working every day,” he said. “It is very easy for me to say that it is my first year in the Premier League, I am just learning about the players and we don’t expect to win anything this year, but I don’t think that is the best way.”