A dejected Manuel Pellegrini said it would be "difficult" for Manchester City to catch leaders Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The Premier League can attract mega riches from global broadcasters but first Manchester City and now Arsenal have proved to be poor ambassadors for the self-proclaimed best league in the world in the Champions League this week.
Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday`s last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders.
Manuel Pellegrini believes Manchester City are in far better form to take on Barcelona in this season`s Champions League than they were when they lost to the same opponents in the competition 12 months ago.
Under-fire striker Diego Costa, set to return for Chelsea`s Champions League tie at Paris St Germain on Tuesday following a three-match ban, believes his on-field challenges sometimes provoke "exaggerated reactions".
Normal service has been resumed, according to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, after his side rediscovered their free-scoring touch to beat Stoke City 4-1 and halt a worrying form slump on Wednesday.
When Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini carries out his post-season analysis, he will quickly be able to pinpoint that the wheels came off their campaign when Yaya Toure left for the African Nations Cup.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted Stevan Jovetic still has a future with the English champions despite his decision to leave the Montenegro forward out of the club`s Champions Legaue squad.
It is hard to imagine two more different characters than Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini, so it is no surprise that the Chelsea manager and his Manchester City counterpart seem to rub each other up the wrong way.