Manuel Pellegrini has a double incentive to try and slow down Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool train tonight when the Chilean’s West Ham meet the league leaders.
A win for the Hammers would lift them from 12th to 9th in the table, but Pellegrini’s affinity for his former club Manchester City could see him do them a favour with a positive result.
City are two points behind Liverpool following yesterday’s big win over Arsenal, and any result besides a defeat for West Ham would help the Blues out massively in the title race.
“If we win I will be very happy for our club first, because we need a good performance against the leaders,” West Ham boss Pellegrini said ahead of tonight’s game.
“After that if we can give a hand to Manchester City, it’s not our problem, but of course I am a fan of Manchester City also.”
Pellegrini also warned City and Liverpool about Tottenham, who have been creeping up on them. ‘The Engineer’ also knows how hard it’ll be for City competing on four fronts, meaning they have more fixtures than either Liverpool or Tottenham.
“It’s more easy for the team that is involved in just two competitions compared to the team that is involved in four,” he said.
“Tottenham? You should never think that a team four or five points behind you are not involved in the title. Of course they are.
“City have to play the final of the Carabao Cup which will suspend a game. If they make the semi-final of the FA Cup they must suspend another game.
“They have midweek with the Champions League. So it’s not easy to compete in all the competitions.”