Man City boss Pellegrini doesn't expect Fulham to roll over

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned his players not to get ahead of themselves.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned his players not to get ahead of themselves.

City have a tough week ahead, with the Fulham clash followed by the derby at champions Manchester United next Tuesday and then a trip to title rivals Arsenal.

Pellegrini's men also have a trip to Liverpool, another side in the title race, to come.

Yet for now his only focus is bottom side Fulham and what he believes could be a tricky contest.

He said: "I think it is just a very tough game. All the teams in the last position - not only in the relegation positions but in the last position in the table in the second round (of fixtures) - try to add points everywhere.

"A team like Fulham are used to defending and with Felix Magath - he always plays his teams with a lot of intensity - I am sure we need to work very hard during the 95 minutes if we want to win.

"That is why we start a very important week, but the most important game in this week is Fulham.

"I am talking to the players, trying to convince all of them it is always a difficult game.

"Maybe for important games, with the most important teams, the motivation is alone - you don't need to talk too much.

"But in these kind of games, it is very important to play from the beginning as a final."

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