Manuel Pellegrini has blamed the uncertainty created by the hiring of Pep Guardiola for the collapse of Manchester City’s Premier League title challenge.
The decision to replace Pellegrini with Guardiola was announced on February 1 and was followed by damaging back-to-back defeats to Leicester and Tottenham, which derailed their title bid.
“For different reasons, we lost important games in February against Leicester and Tottenham,” Pellegrini said. “For me, they’re the two games that don’t allow us now to be involved in the title. In the start of February came the news about the change of the manager, telling the players I will not continue here next year. A lot of things that involve the minds of all the players.
“We had those defeats at home. Now I think we are stable again and I’m very happy to finish the way we are doing in these last games.”