London: Manuel Pellegrini has insisted it is too early to write off Manchester City's chances of retaining the Premier League title after their 2-1 defeat at West Ham United.
Saturday's loss at Upton Park was City's second league defeat of the season and meant they missed out on the chance to reduce what was Chelsea's five-point advantage at the top of the table ahead of the leaders' match at Man United on Sunday.
But City manager Pellegrini insisted his men were unfortunate to lose at West Ham.
"We're just starting the season, we have 80 points left to play for. So it's early. We'll continue fighting because there's no title being handed out at the moment," Pellegrini said.