Manuel Pellegrini claims it is 'too early' to discuss title winners

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident that his side can deal with the pressure of retaining the Premier League title, despite being six points adrift of an undefeated Chelsea. 

City currently sit third and missed out on a big opportunity to close the gap on Saturday, as they suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat to an in-form West Ham team. 

Pellegrini insists that City can rekindle the form which saw them pass both Liverpool and Chelsea in the league last season and win consecutive titles, despite a slightly disappointing start to the campaign which has seen them lose twice already.

Chelsea very impressive

Chelsea remain unbeaten after nine games this season, winning seven and drawing two, whilst scoring more goals than any other team. Pellegrini has admitted that Chelsea look 'very strong', however he believes Arsenal are also a big danger. 

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have linked fantastically since joining the London side, with the former scoring nine goals and the latter creating eight goals in just nine games. 


City defensive troubles

City defender Eliaquim Mangala has had a troubled start to his career in Manchester, despite the massive £32 million fee that Pellegrini splashed out for his services during the summer. 

Chelsea were the only team to beat City at the Etihad last season, however Stoke City have already beaten them there during this campaign. Pellegrini's men also had a solid defensive record at home last season, but they have conceded in every home game so far this time round. 

Busy fixture list

Pellegrini's side have no time to worry about dwelling over their latest loss, as they host Newcastle in the Capital One Cup and Manchester United in the league this week. City also play both CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich next month in between the four league fixtures, which makes for a very busy November. 

The Sky Blues are currently third in Group E and are yet to win in the Champions League this season, therefore the next three fixtures are vital if they are to progress. 

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