Manuel Pellegrini's men have their Premier League fate firmly in their own hands and the 33-year-old defender told Goal they are not concentrating on the fortunes of their rivalsEXCLUSIVE
By Alvaro Jimenez
Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has told Goal he enjoys the pressure of the Premier League title race but is not worried about the fortunes of their rivals.
Manuel Pellegrini's men earned a 4-1 win over Southampton to keep their hopes of a second league crown in three seasons alive.
Demichelis has come under fire for some of his displays this season, and Goal has learned the 33-year-old could be set for a move to New York to play for City's sister club.
City face some tough fixtures in the run-in, including a trip to second-placed Liverpool next weekend, but the Argentine says he enjoys the weight of expectation.
"The pressure [to win the title] is beautiful,” he told Goal. "We have to keep winning. It's vital because we have two games fewer.
"They [Southampton] did well in the first half and although they didn't reach us [City's goal], they had a lot of possession and that's not what tends to happen against our rivals. Overall, we had a good game."
City were somewhat fortuitous on their way to victory on Saturday, as replays showed David Silva was several yards offside in the build-up to Samir Nasri’s goal, which put the hosts 2-1 up before the break.
Demichelis said: "I didn't watch Nasri's movement, I couldn't say anything. From my location I haven't got any chance to see it."
The defender also acknowledged the challenge of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool and expects a tough match when they meet on April 13.
Both sides have their fate in their own hands, but Demichelis says City will be concentrating on their own fixtures and not keeping an eye on the Reds, who face West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
"Liverpool? We depend on ourselves," he added. "That's the better option."