Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to bottom-of-the-standings Sunderland on Wednesday. The result, which came only three days after the 3-2 loss at Liverpool, left City in third-place, six points behind leader Liverpool, while second-place Chelsea is now four points ahead of Pellegrini’s men, who still have one game in hand. It also meant that Chelsea, like Liverpool, now has the title in its hands, with the teams’ April 27 Anfield meeting looking like a title decider.
When asked if the recent poor results could be attributed to fatigue, the City boss responded: "I think more mentally tired than physically tired. Mentally it was very difficult to play this game after Liverpool. At this moment it is more mental than physical. When it no longer depends on what you can do it is very frustrating but we must finish season the way we have done practically the whole season, we must try to win our last five games."
Pellegrini pointed to two years ago when, eight points behind with six games left, City wrestled the crown from Manchester United on the final day. "Remember this team two years ago were six points behind the leaders and they won the title at the end. So it is difficult but it is not the last game we play [tonight]. Maybe in this moment Liverpool and Chelsea have better chances than our team because we are in third position but we still continue fighting until the last game."