Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that Manchester City’s Premier League title defence has been ‘garbage’ and has lamented their 2015 form that has seen them drop to fourth place.
Key defeats to Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Burnley over recent weeks have seen City’s title defence wilt away, whilst Manchester United and Arsenal now sit above them in the table.
And Pellegrini admits it’s been tough to see his side throw away their title challenge with Chelsea and potentially throw themselves into an unwanted battle for Champions League qualification next season.
A win at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby would go someway to turning around a particularly poor season for City and Pellegrini thinks the players owe it to the fans after a forgetful year.
“It has not been a good season, definitely not. It was not so bad at the turn of the year, when we were at the top of the table, in the Champions League and hadn’t yet started in the FA Cup. But in the last three months we have thrown it into the garbage,” said Pellegrini according to Mirror Online.
“I think always for the fans it is important to finish as near to the top of the table as you can and that’s what we must do.
“This is a chance for the players to give something to the fans. At this moment we are doing some things correctly so we must try to keep those things. But we are also doing some things very badly, that’s why we must improve.”
City’s poor Premier League form has been replicated in both the Champions League and FA Cup where they’ve suffered early exits.
Pellegrini’s men have won just five games since the turn of the year, losing four and drawing three.
However, an Old Trafford victory could be just the tonic to make it a more comfortable end to the season.