Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City can handle pressure of run-in

Pellegrini focused on Villa clash

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has backed his players to handle the pressure as they close in on their second Premier League title in three years.

City go into the game as odds on favourites for the title with Sky Bet but Gary Neville says they can't be complacent against an Aston Villa side capable of "daft" results. And Sky Sports expert Neville says Pellegrini must make sure his players are focused on Wednesday night against a side that have also beaten Chelsea and Arsenal this season, but only confirmed their Premier League survival at the weekend. "They will have to be careful. If you were Pellegrini and the experienced players in the spine of the team who have won a championship before then you would be guarding massively against complacency. They must really prepare to have to win these last two matches. "Aston Villa put in some daft performances, some performances that surprise you every so often. They are capable of it. "Aston Villa will be relieved. Those young players have been under pressure in these last few weeks. They could have gone into the weekend, lost the home game and if other results had gone against them they were under huge pressure. "They'll have probably had a little bit of a celebration, I would think, on Saturday / Sunday which could help them in relieving pressure on Wednesday night. For Manchester City it's purely about them getting their minds right in the next two or three days and not thinking that the job's done. "It's all transferred towards City. It's City's to lose now."

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