'We're just getting started' - Pellegrini issues warning to title rivals

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini has warned his side's rivals that Manchester City are just getting started and that they are not worried by the gap Chelsea have built up.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has issued a warning to the rest of the Premier League by saying that his side are just getting started.

City are already five points behind Chelsea in the embryonic top-division table, but Pellegrini does not appear overly concerned by the deficit. 

Although the Chilean boss admits that it is not ideal to already be playing catch-up, he feels that his team are yet to hit top gear and has seen the positives in their start. 

"We are just starting," Pellegrini is quoted as saying in a press conference by Sports Mole. "It's not good to be five points behind Chelsea but we have one point more than last year.

"Last season we didn't win the first three games away and Arsenal had six more points than us. It's not good to be five points behind but the important thing is to play the way we did against Hull last week."

City won 4-2 against Hull in a display of fine attacking quality.

Although the two goals conceded were not exactly what Pellegrini would have wanted, he clearly has taken the showing of offensive intent as a sign of progress.

The Citizens have built a reputation for having one of the most devastating attacking units in England, on their day, and they will be aiming to show their class as soon as possible once again this time around. 

The club have already suffered an unexpected defeat to Stoke City this season and know that they cannot afford too many more slip-ups if they are to make up the ground on a rampant Chelsea.

The Blues have been in eye-catching form so far this season and it will take some going to stop Jose Mourinho's men.

When the two sides came up against each-other they fought out a 1-1 draw, showing that there is not too much to choose between them, but the Sky Blues will know that they cannot allow the gap to too much bigger.

As a result, they play Aston Villa this weekend knowing that anything other than the three points will be considered a major disappointment. 

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