Barely midway through March, the buzz around the Etihad has diminished and the hopes of Manchester City lifting silverware this season are hanging by a thread.
City, after their damaging loss to Liverpool, remain five points behind Chelsea who have a game in hand after their Capital One Cup victory on Sunday, which Pellegrini believes they can peg back.
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City are currently on fire with six consecutive wins and celebrated qualification into the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.
City, who have lost just one of their last 11 league games, welcome Everton to the Etihad tomorrow and currently lie six points behind leaders Chelsea.
City are yet to hit full flow this season but showed in their thrilling comeback victory over Bayern Munich the team spirit required to chase down runaway leaders Chelsea and second-placed Southampton, who they play on Sunday.
Swansea are flying high in fifth place, just three points behind City, and they head to the Etihad looking to better the 3-0 defeat they suffered there last season.
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The Bosnian captain penned a four-year deal at the Premier League champions on Wednesday as he looks to improve on his goal haul of 26 last term.