Pellegrini: City must finish in top four

Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he would be extremely disappointed if Manchester City fail to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League next season. 

City, who lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, currently sit in fourth place on the Premier League standings and are on track to compete in Europe’s elite competition next season, but they are only four points ahead of Manchester United in fifth.

With the Citizens going up against Arsenal on Sunday, a win over the Gunners would bolster their chances of featuring in the Champions League.

“If you are not in the four positions in the Champions League and demonstrating you are among the best teams in England, for me it’s a disastrous season,” Pellegrini, who will leave Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, told reporters. “That’s why I always say, especially last year when we didn’t win any titles, it’s not a disaster. No it’s not a good season, but it’s a disaster when you are not involved in the Champions League.

“That’s for all the big teams in England. Of course if you are not in the first four positions of the Premier League and you win the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Capital One – that’s a very good season!”

City will head into their clash with Arsenal on a sour note as they were stunned 4-2 by Southampton last Sunday. The Gunners on the other hand beat Norwich City 1-0 in their last Premier League fixture on April 30.