Date: 13th March 2015 at 4:09pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that the game against Burnley this weekend begins a a critical spell for Manchester City and our league hopes.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of this weekend’s encounter the manager said that he believed the players were refreshed and mentally ready for the challenges that lay ahead of them now, not only in keeping our Premier League crown but also in doing all we can to progress further in the Champions League.

Having had the short break between fixtures, the gaffer says it was an invaluable period for the club, and we go into the game this weekend with a fully fit squad now.

‘The break was very useful. We played games without the result we wanted against Barcelona and Liverpool. After that we played against Leicester, when we didn`t play very well but earned an important victory. After that it was a good break for the players. We worked very well and we are going to have now two weeks without a day off thinking about the three games we must play.’

With Pellegrini knowing that Burnley have effectively already done a number on us this season when they came back from two goals down at The Etihad Stadium earlier in the season, he knows that with the challenges ahead of us, we simply have to take it game by game and make sure we do all we can to get the victories we need – whatever the opponents.

‘We must focus our minds in the game. It`s important for the whole squad to approach this as a difficult game. We must not think about what happened in the past in other moments or what will happen in the future in the Champions League. It is very important for the squad to just focus our minds on one game.’

The gaffer also talked about Martin Demichelis following his contract extension this week.

‘I think that Martin is a very important player for our squad. He has had a very good performance last year and this year. He is experienced and an important leader, I think it is very good news for him and the club because he is happy here.’

With squad bust up news and all that being blown up and out of proportion in the press this week as well, Pellegrini has dismissed all of that nonsense and effectively agreed with other manager’s who have been asked about the supposed fall out between Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho.

‘No there is not any problem in the dressing room. That happens a lot of days ago. It is normal that in one game that there can be a discussion between two players, but it was not important for the team. Inside the dressing room, we don`t have any problems. There was a normal scene, nothing important. It is not important to talk about what happened 20 days ago.’

Pellegrini added that he wasn’t going to waste time talking about something unimportant as players rightly care and demand of each other, but it remains a boost to team spirit rather than a hindrance – he did joke if it had happened yesterday though he might have spent a bit more time addressing it but all that matters now is that ‘The squad is absolutely together.’

Fernandinho did an interview with the MEN as well, and totally downplayed it like everyone else.

‘I have seen a few things about this, and people are creating and telling stories, even though it didn`t happen that way. Every player in every team speaks to each other in order to improve the quality on the pitch – that communication is necessary. You have to talk, and that is what happened. There was a conversation, and not much more than that. I don`t know why people actually thought there was a fight – we spoke about how we could improve things in that match. I don`t have anything bad to say about Vinny – he is a great player, a great team member, and I have always liked him. It`s very weird that this story actually came up, for something so small to suddenly become so big.’

Hear Pellegrini Talk About His Future (click here)

With the agent fail earlier in the week where he couldn’t talk about clubs with an existing coach – whilst talking about a club with an existing coach – being covered, the gaffer was asked about that ahead of the game and he said himself.

‘My future is very easy. I have a contract until June 2016 and I will finish my contract here. If I can extend my contract here I will. When I sign a contract I always try to finish my contract for the amount of years I signed at the beginning. If I am not happy, maybe I finish my contract before. I don’t think the analysis of anyone can be just about trophies. But you never know what can happen in football.’

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