Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits that his side may finish outside the top four this season and miss out on qualification to next season’s Champions League in the process.

The Chilean is being replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season but is unwilling to guarantee that the current Bayern Munich boss will be competing in Europe’s elite competition with the Sky Blues next term.

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Having not won in the league in over a month, the Citizens are level on points with 5th-placed Manchester United and 10 points adrift of shock leaders Leicester City.

While remaining adamant that his player’s had not given up hope of winning a third title in five years, Pellegrini admitted that ‘nothing is inconceivable’.

In the Premier League nothing is inconceivable. Every year you have stronger teams, so anything can happen. So it [finishing outside the top four] might happen.

But I’ve always said that we are going to finish the season fighting for the title.

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The 62-year-old, who has been linked with joining Zenit St Peterburg when he leaves the Etihad Stadium this summer, also revealed that he believes the winner of this season’s top flight will finish with 75 points.

I think the champions will have around 75 points.

For City to reach the 75-point mark in the race for the title, it would require nine wins from their final 11 matches.