Ahead of his team's trip to Sunderland on Wednesday, Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he is desperate to end the Stadium of Light hoodoo which has seen the Citizens lose 1-0 in their past four visits.
Their last victory at the Stadium of Light came the day before Sheikh Mansour's takeover of the club after they beat the Black Cats 3-0, but they have struggled ever since.
In fact, despite their rise to domestic dominance since 2008, Sunderland are one of the clubs they have found extremely tough to play against.
Talking to the press, Pellegrini said: "It’s a tough team to play. They defend very well and they know exactly what they must do. We hope this time we have more luck.
"They have a very good manager who knows the Premier League."
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The last meeting between the sides saw City scrape a point in a 2-2 draw - a result that contributed to the Blues securing their second Premier League title in three years. The clubs also met in the Capital One Cup final last season, which City clinched despite going behind.
Meanwhile, City are currently second, six points behind leaders Chelsea, after beating Southampton on Sunday afternoon and Pellegrini has insisted that the title race was never over despite the points deficit.
He said: "I said before these three games, we weren’t playing too badly. Maybe we made some mistakes but we did not change our style and our trust.
"I think it is wrong to say we are back in the title race. We were never out of the fight for the title.
"There are too many points to play for to decide who will win the title this year."
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