City's title hopes suffer setback

Manchester City's title hopes suffered a setback last night after being held to a home draw by the league's bottom club Sunderland.

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Pellegrini 'optimistic' for West Brom game

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini feels confident his players will not suffer a hangover from their last result when they host West Brom this evening.

Pellegrini claimed after City were held to a surprise 2-2 home draw by Sunderland that his men had still had the disappointment of their 3-2 defeat at table-toppers Liverpool from the previous Sunday on their minds.

I think it was more difficult between Liverpool and Sunderland. Now we have more time for the team to recover.

I think that we are all conscious that we cannot play in the same way that we played against Sunderland.

And I think it will not be so difficult (to raise players' spirits) as for the last game."

– Manchester city boss Manuel Pellegrini

The results against Sunderland and Liverpool have dealt significant blows to City's title challenge.

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Pellegrini not worried by FFP threat

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not worried by the possibility of the club being sanctioned by UEFA for breaching financial fair play (FFP) rules.

City are among a number of clubs, including Paris St Germain, that are having their cases considered this week by UEFA's Club Financial Control Body's (CFCB) which will decide if they have committed breaches of the break-even rules.

Asked if he was worried about the possibility of sanctions, he said:

No. First of all it is important to know what UEFA will have to say and then we can have an opinion.

It is important for the club but I am not the person in charge of those kinds of things.

– MAN CITY MANAGER MANUEL PELLEGRINI.

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Manchester City could face sanctions over Financial Fair Play

Man City will find out their fate this week
Man City will find out their fate this week Credit: PA

Manchester City will find out this week whether they will face sanctions over possible breaches of new financial rules put in place by European football's governing body UEFA.

UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss 76 cases, including Manchester City.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that City will be found guilty by the CFCB. However, the club won't face a transfer ban, as the newspaper suggests. It is not one of the sanctions available to UEFA.

Any punishment would be decided in May.

Read: What is Financial Fair Play? The rules and the sanctions explained.

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Pellegrini says Man City's controversial second goal against Southampton not a 'game changer'

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini does not believe his team's controversial second goal against Southampton changed the outcome of the game.

The match officials failed to spot David Silva was in an offside position when he received the ball in the build up to Samir Nasri's goal.

City went on to score two more times at the Etihad Stadium as they won 4-1 in the Premier League.

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