Next Two Games Could Decide City's Season
Manuel Pellegrini accepts his team must now deliver away to make good on a challenge to reach top spot by new year.
Manuel Pellegrini: "I would like to arrive at the new year in first place but if that is not possible, then no more than three points from the number one position.
"Am I confident of reaching the top during December?
"I can answer your question after we finish the two games we are going to play away.
"I have a lot of trust in this team. We have to play six more Premier League games during December.
"We hope we can do it, it will be very important for us.
"We are six points behind Arsenal, that is too much.
"We will try to cut this, but if Arsenal continue winning it is not easy.
"It will be difficult but if you can't be top a good target for our team is to be three points behind.
"I think Samir played very well, especially the second half. He also played very well in the Champion League.
"He is playing free, he is happy and he feels again he is an important player.
"The way he plays maybe is very comfortable for him also.
"I am very pleased because we won against a very strong team. It is not easy to play against them.
"They have a lot of possession of the ball.
"We played too quickly in the first half after the goal. We lost too many balls and they started attacking but in those moments we defended very well.
"That was important. I just remember one clear chance of Swansea in the first half.
"In the second half we improved with the ball. We scored two goals more and we had three or four clear chances."
Source: Manchester City MAD
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