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Pellegrini on Aston Villa defeat: We're still on course for title race

The visitors succumbed to a loss as they let two leads slip in the second half, but insists the championship is a long-term objective as they focus one game at a time

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was disappointed to see his side lose two winning positions in defeat to Aston Villa and insisted the Premier League title is a long-term objective.

The former Malaga coach saw his side let two leads slip, conceding three second-half goals in 25 minutes as Leandro Bacuna, Karim El Ahmadi and Andi Weimann secured a memorable victory.

However, while stating his belief in the side's title challenge come the end of the season, Pellegrini insisted City will take each game as they come as they look to bounce back with a win against Everton.

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"We’re not thinking about the title at the moment, we’re thinking about winning the most amount of matches," he said at his press conference. "Playing the way we’re playing I’m absolutely sure we’re going to be fighting.

"I think that we are very strange conceding the first goal which was offside. The second goal wasn’t a free kick and the third goal was drawing 2-2 and at that moment we were going forward.

"I think that we have a lot of chances and a lot of possession. I think we have clear chances to score but we didn’t and we were twice up so I was twice disappointed with that."

Paul Lambert, meanwhile, expressed his delight at his side's resilience to come from behind but rejected notions their third goal proved they were a long-ball team after Brad Guzan's strong influence in the play.

"I thought that was brilliant vision from Brad the way he's done it," he said. "He's got to execute that and he's got a hell of a kick on him. It's not a long ball as in we have kicked it long.

"I don't play the game for Brad. He sees things through his own eyes and I'm not one to tell Brad Guzan how to get the ball out the net and how to distribute it. If I did that I don't think he would thank me for it.

"It's a fabulous achievement against Manchester City because the magnitude of the club and the players that they've got. What's really impressive is that we managed to come back twice against them."

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