Manuel Pellegrini: Top six Premier League clubs can all still win title
MANCHESTER -- Manuel Pellegrini believes any team in the top six is still capable of winning the Premier League.
Fourth-placed Manchester City trail leaders Leicester City by 10 points with a game in hand. But with none of the top-four winning in midweek, Manchester United closed the gap at the top -- moving level on 47 points with City while West Ham United are just a further point behind.
And in such an unpredictable season, Pellegrini says any of the top six sides that puts a winning run together is capable of winning the title.
He told a news conference: "In the whole season all the teams are losing a lot of points. That's why I just said that maybe the team which wins the title this season will have no more than 75 points. I am sure that in the last 10 games all the teams will continue losing points.
"I said before that when you have mathematic option to win the title, a club like Manchester United will always have the option, the same as West Ham, the same as Manchester City and other clubs because we need to play for 30 points more.
"It's a lot of points and I don't think that the gap cannot be reduced in these 10 games. If you go now to Leicester, last season, I think that they won 18 points from 18 or 19 from 21 so be careful. Nothing is finished this season."
His side are on a poor run of form having lost three successive Premier League for the first time since November 2008. But in the middle of those losses, City beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in the Champions League to put them on the cusp of qualifying for the quarterfinals for the first time while they also won the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
But Pellegrini denied his players were not focused on competing for the Premier League title.
He said: "You cannot prioritise one competition in front of another one. Everyone wants to go as far as we can this season in the Champions League.
"But we want to fight for the title of the Premier League and I'm sure all the players are thinking also about the Champions League of next year. We are not going to give up in the Premier League."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him @jonnysmiffy.