Manuel Pellegrini insists he doesn’t feel the pressure of being Manchester City boss, despite speculation suggesting he could lose his job in the summer.
Pellegrini’s side are now five points behind Chelsea in the Premier League table after they were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.
Goals from Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson condemned City to defeat, days after their home Champions League clash against Barcelona – which they also lost 2-1.
After starting 2015 with a treble on their minds, City could now finish the campaign without any silverware.
Pellegrini won two trophies in his first season in England but media reports have linked Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti to the Etihad post.
Despite the recent speculation, Pellegrini has hit back, claiming that he isn’t under pressure to win trophies every single season.
He said: “I never have any pressure to win an amount of titles and to win a title every year if I want to continue here.
“I don’t feel any pressure, especially from the media. I feel pressure only when I don’t see my team playing the way I want to do it. When I signed the contract, I was never told I must win a title every year or that I must win five trophies in five years.
“I have 25 years experience of management at important clubs and I never feel the pressure.”
City return to action on Wednesday night when they host Leicester City and they are currently 1.26 to claim all three points. The draw is 5.88, while a win for the Foxes is priced at 9.41 with Dafabet.