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Manuel Pellegrini: Happy with how we played, not with the point


Boss Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City did "all they could" to beat Chelsea on Saturday.

The Citizens knew that a defeat would have been a big blow to their title hopes as they showed heart and determination to bounce back after Loic Remy gave the hosts the lead.

And Pellegrini says his side deserved to take all three points from Stamford Bridge.

"We have to play 45 points more," Pellegrini said.

"It was important for our team to try and close that gap to two points, but it was impossible, but I repeat we did all we could: personality, football, intention, possession.

"But I think that this game will be important for our team because we will recover our normal standard of play.

"They [Aguero and Kompany] have improved a lot, Edin Dzeko has recovered from injury, Samir Nasri is returning.

"That's why this can give us a lot of trust to come here against the leaders at Stamford Bridge, that will give us a lot of trust and I really think that we were the better team than Chelsea today.

"I'm not happy with the point, I'm happy with the way my team played today because we had the personality to go for three points from the beginning.

"We had three clear chances in the first half, one very good save from Courtois, others that we missed.

"They scored from the only chance that they had during the 90 minutes, the second half they didn't have a shot on our goal – I think there was just one team from the beginning that wanted to win.

"If you say it's a good point at Stamford Bridge, maybe, it's a good point in the way we played for 95 minutes, but it's not a good point because we had a better performance than Chelsea."

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