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Pellegrini counting on City’s experience in title race



Manchester City can’t afford any more slip-ups but Manuel Pellegrini feels experience can get them clinching the Premier League title.

Manuel Pellegrini believes Manchester City are still in the Premier League race despite having little remaining margin for error as City travel to Anfield to play Liverpool on Wednesday, after overcoming the same opponent on penalties at Wembley on Sunday to lift the League Cup.

That win came on the back of an emphatic 3-1 Champions League round-of-16 victory at Dynamo Kiev, a result that puts City in pole position to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time.

But they head to Anfield, a ground where they have failed to win on their past 12 Premier League attempts, on the back of consecutive league defeats to top-two teams like Leicester City and Tottenham.

Pellegrini’s men are nine points behind Leicester with a game in hand and the manager is confident his players can still catch surprise leaders.

Pellegrini won the Premier League in his first season in charge at City, where his side came from behind to take top spot in the last week of the 2013-14 campaign and held off Liverpool’s challenge.

Under Roberto Mancini in 2011-12, City memorably turned an eight-point deficit behind Manchester United with six matches to play into final-day glory and, with the core of that squad still together, Pellegrini hopes those exploits will work to his advantage.

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