Manuel Pellegrini: Manchester City can't afford to lose again this year

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini
Pellegrini's side have 21 points from their 11 Premier League games this season

Manchester City need to win all of their remaining Premier League games in 2014 if they are to stay in the title race, says manager Manuel Pellegrini.

City trail early leaders Chelsea by eight points after 11 league games.

"We have 24 more points to try to win (in 2014)," said Pellegrini. "We have to try to do it, I think that is the only way.

"I think December and this week of November are a decisive month for the Premier League."

Lawro's prediction on Man City v Swansea
"Nothing less than two wins will do for Manchester City from their next two games - first against Swansea and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.
"It is important that Manuel Pellegrini starts by picking his best team against Swansea to get the points in the bag, then works out how to beat Bayern."
Predictions: Lawro v Citizen Khan

City, who face Swansea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, have already dropped 12 points this season and sit third in the table.

At this same stage last season, City embarked on a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions, winning 18 of them - a run that ultimately helped them lift the Premier League trophy.

"We are going to finish the first round (of fixtures) at the end of December," added Pellegrini.

"I think maybe not to be top of the table, because Chelsea are in a very good moment, but I think it is important to have a good first round. That is to earn more than 41 or 42 points."