EPL: Hiring Guardiola hurt Manchester City's title bid, says Pellegrini

London: Manchester City's Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini believes the appointment of Pep Guardiola to coach the English club from next season, has negatively affected the team and damaged its chances to fight for the Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola and Manuel Pellegrini
Pep Guardiola and Manuel Pellegrini

The decision to replace Pellegrini with Guardiola, announced on February 1, was followed by two defeats against Leicester City 1-3 and Tottenham Hotspur 1-2.

"It's not easy for the players when you read in newspapers all the things that will happen next season, all the players who will go out, all the players that will come in," Pellegrini said ahead of his team's visit to Newcastle United. The Chilean coach believes that the two defeats against Leicester and Tottenham "don't allow us now to be involved in the title".

Pellegrini pointed out that the announcement of the appointment of Guardiola led to many things that "involve the minds of all the players."

"We had those defeats at home. Now I think we are stable again and I'm very happy to finish the way we are doing in these last games," he added.

City are in third place with 60 points, 13 points behind EPL leaders Leicester and five points after second-placed Tottenham.

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