EPL: Manuel Pellegrini demands points, not records
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is interested in points, not records, as he bids to maintain his side's superb start to the season
Manchester: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is interested in points, not records, as he bids to maintain his side's superb start to the season.
City can equal a 103-year-old club record of nine successive top-flight wins if they beat Everton at Goodison Park today.
Pellegrini's men won their final six English Premier League games last season to put some gloss on a generally frustrating campaign.
They have carried the momentum into the new term with back-to-back 3-0 demolitions of West Brom and champions Chelsea.
Pellegrini did oversee eight successive league wins during the 2013-14 title-winning season but not since 1912, also across two seasons, have City bettered such a sequence.
Equalling it would be a notable achievement — and City could then set a new record against Watford the following week — but Pellegrini is focused only on the bigger picture.
The 61-year-old said: "It matters to have three more points in the table and it is very important to continue in the same way we played the first two games, because we must be a consistent team during the whole season. But if that is a new record, that is a thing for me that is not important."
Pellegrini acknowledges the task ahead of his side could also be a tricky one. Everton have also made an unbeaten start and were impressive as they beat Southampton 3-0 last weekend with two goals from Romelu Lukaku.
Prior to Pellegrini's appointment they lost just twice in 12 meetings with City and their statistics remain strong despite four games without a win.