Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists he is under no extra pressure to win the Premier League this season.
City were dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan Athletic last Sunday and had their Champions League campaign ended by Barcelona on Wednesday evening.
Pellegrini admits that his side much recapture the form they showed at the start of the year if they are to overturn a nine-point gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea, whom they have three games in hand on, but has dismissed the suggestion that the success of their season will now be defined on whether they do so.
“I don’t think [there] is an extra pressure because the pressure is exactly the same from the first game of the Premier League to the last,” the Chilean told reporters.
“We won the Capital One Cup and the pressure in the FA Cup and the Premier League were exactly the same. Now, the pressure to win the Premier League is exactly the same.
“I hope that we will recover our performances from when we played one month ago.
“I think the last month we felt a little bit the 18 games we played in two months previously. That is the cost of being in all competitions.
“If we want to have a chance of fighting for the title, we must recover the way we were playing one month ago.”
Asked if he was concerned about Chelsea’s advantage in the table ahead of City’s trip to Hull City on Saturday, Pellegrini replied: “Concern? No.
"Of course it is better if we had already played those three games in hand and won. Chelsea have done that, so we must do it in the future.”