Pellegrini remains positive despite topsy-turvy form
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he's disappointed at the sky Blues' inconsistent form, but has publicly shown his faith in the players - saying it's too soon to label the 2015/16 season a failure yet.
Two important home clashes against Premier League title challengers Leicester and Tottenham back in February both resulted in frustrating defeats, whilst one win in six has meant the Citizens are all but out of the title race this term.
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In his pre-match press conference ahead of the team's trip to face Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side on Saturday afternoon, Pellegrini said the team are collectively "disappointed", especially because just a month ago, they were "involved in all the competitions", and now chances of silverware are looking increasingly slim.
However, he's refused to give up completely - saying that they've still got eight games to play, and isn't yet a "bad season", considering they won the Capital One Cup and are still in the Champions League knockout stages.
"It's my mentality - we take each game as it comes and try to finish as high up the table as we can."
When talking about Bournemouth, he said they've enjoyed a "good season", who were a team "that played very well" from the beginning - and have learned from using their attacking instincts to good effect after a forgettable result at the Ethiad earlier in the campaign.
"Maybe in the first few games there were doubts about the way they should play, but since they've returned to the way they played to get promoted."