Pellegrini: Pressure remains

  • Last Updated: July 30 2014, 10:49 BST

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has rejected suggestions that winning the title has alleviated the pressure on him.

Manuel Pellegrini: Bracing himself for tough defence
Manuel Pellegrini: Bracing himself for tough defence

Pellegrini lifted the Premier League trophy at the first time of asking last season as City dramatically overhauled Liverpool to prevail by two points.

But the Chilean still feels bound by expectation and is predicting another red-hot race for top-flight glory.

Speaking ahead of City's International Champions Cup clash with Liverpool, he said: "I don't think we have the pressure off.

"All the other teams are bringing in important players and we'll have another very tough Premier League season. The pressure will continue for all the big teams.

"During the year, not only Liverpool will be our rivals - also Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham. There are a lot of very strong teams that can win the Premier League."