Manchester City head into their key Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield knowing a loss could be detrimental to their chances of winning the title.
Brendan Rodgers’ men sit at the top of the pile, two points clear of Chelsea and four points ahead of Pellegrini’s Manchester City – though the Citizens have two games in hand.
It has been an exciting title race, and with just a handful of games remaining, the permutations are endless with Liverpool yet to host both City and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at Anfield.
Whilst the three title challengers are seperated by just four points, the biggest difference between the trio this season is the amount of goals scored.
Liverpool have notched an incredible 90 Premier League goals over the season, with Manchester City finding the net 84 times and Chelsea a long way back with 65.
A regular goalscoring striker has been Chelsea’s Achilles heel on a number of occasions this season, and they have failed to score in seven matches – more than both Manchester City and Liverpool combined.
Despite Chelsea dishing out heavy defeats to Spurs, Arsenal and Southampton since the turn of the year, the Blues’ style under Mourinho has often been scrutinised by the press – often being labelled as boring.
In an interview reported by The Mirror, Manuel Pellegrini stoked the fires further by suggesting that a less attractive Chelsea side winning the Premier League would be bad for football.
”It would be very disappointing if either of the two teams who scored the most goals don’t win the league. For football, for the fans, for everyone it would be disappointing.”
"I think that the most attractive football, the more goals you can score, should be rewarded.”