Manuel Pellegrini wants seven wins from next eight Premier League games

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has moved out of the realm of cliche by setting his side a target of seven wins out of their next eight Premier League games.

The modern day manager has become accustomed to using the classic 'one game at a time' line in interviews, but the City boss has revealed his targets go well beyond Saturday's clash with Swansea.

With the Premier League champions currently eight points behind leaders Chelsea, there's a lot of work to do for them to retain their crown, but Pellegrini is adamant it's not mission impossible.

At this stage last year City found themselves in eighth place, albeit only six points behind then leaders Arsenal, before a spectacular run became the building block of a second league title.

Pellegrini's team took 34 points from a possible 36 between the final week of November and the end of January having lost four games in their opening 11 fixtures.

Asked if City could replicate such a run this season, Pellegrini said: "That of course will be the best thing we can do, but I think December and this week of November are decisive months for the Premier League.

"We are going to play eight games in the Premier League, we are going to finish the first round at the end of December.

"We have 24 more points to try to win. We have to try to do it, I think that is the only way.

"I think maybe we will not to be top of the table because Chelsea is in a very good moment, but I think it is important to have a good first round. That is more than 41 or 42 points."

With City having amassed 21 points so far, they'll need to win at least seven of their next eight games to reach Pellegrini's 42-point target.

"We have to play 27 games more - that is a lot of points to fight for" 

Reigning champions

The City boss was in bullish mood when asked if his side could still retain their Premier League title, saying: "Of course - we have to play 27 games more. That is a lot of points to fight for.

"When mathematics say that you can do it, I think that all the teams can do it."

Despite Pellegrini's optimism, his side face a tough challenge tracking down a Chelsea side who have only dropped four points all season - two of those coming against City.

The first step will be to claim maximum points from a Swansea side who claimed a 2-1 victory over Arsenal before the international break put the early season title race on hold.

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