Manchester: Outgoing Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini strived to put on a brave face after his team's chances of Champions League qualification were compromised by a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
Sunday's result at the Etihad Stadium means that City can only finish in the top four if Man Utd drop points in their two final games or if Arsenal lose at home to bottom club Aston Villa.
Dropping down to the Europa League would represent a wretched legacy for Pellegrini, and with United facing a testing trip to West Ham United today, he said he hadn't abandoned hope.
"We've not finished the season. Of course if you don't depend just on what you can do it's difficult, but we'll see after what happens between Man United and West Ham. We deserve to be in the Champions League next year," said Pellegrini.