Pellegrini focused on second

City have relinquished their crown to the Blues this season but are three points clear of third-placed Arsenal, although they have played a game more than the Gunners.

Champions League qualification is a certainty for City but Pellegrini has stressed the importance of taking second place a year after winning the division.

???The most important thing is always to win the title but if you can???t win the title then it is important to try to finish second,??? he said. ???We want to finish as near the top of the table as we can.

???it is important for all of the big teams to win the title and if not win the title then qualify for the Champions League and get the most amount of points you can.

???We have had the pressure for the whole year and we played very well in December. We were at the top of the table and we had qualified for the next stage of the Champions League.

???We made some mistakes when we finished the season and that is why we were not involved in the title.???

While the current campaign has not been a vintage one for City, who will end it without a trophy, their star striker Sergio Aguero has enjoyed a glittering season and goes into the final two fixtures having scored 31 times in 40 appearances.

Pellegrini, however, played down the impressive statistics.

???It???s important for our team to be a scoring team so that is good for us and not just for Sergio,??? he said. ???It is better to win but it is also important to score goals.???