Pellegrini writes off Tottenham and Liverpool in title race – could he regret it?

The Manchester City manager has said that the battle for top spot will be a four-horse race, with neither the White Hart Lane or Anfield outfit’s involved.

With such a tight start to the season, a handful of points separate the top eight sides in the Premier League at the moment.

Two teams that are hopeful of being in the reckoning come May meet at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, with Manchester City hosting Tottenham.

Ahead of the clash, Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he sees the race for top spot to be very tight.

He has however failed to mention Sunday’s opponents or Liverpool amongst his picks for potential title contenders.

"The Premier League is very close this year - there are six clubs challenging, with very little difference between one team and another,” the Chilean boss stated.

"We have a lot of points to fight for, and I think at the end it will be between Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City."

The four sides that Pellegrini mentions are certainly the favourites to win the title, but writing off Tottenham ahead of the sides meeting this weekend could well be a mistake by the City boss.

Spurs’ priority is certainly to qualify for the top four and regain Champions League football, but Andre Villas-Boas will be sure to have Pellegrini’s words ringing in his players’ ears ahead of the clash.

Although City have an excellent record at home, the game will be set up to suit Spurs. The north Londoners have struggled to break teams down that have dug in with two banks of four, and have looked most dangerous when counter-attacking at pace.

The visitors to Manchester will be keen to make Pellegrini eat his words at the Etihad Stadium, and put some distance between themselves and City on the table as a result.

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