Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Let's Bring Back the City Goal?den Days! ; Big Match Preview Hull V City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Let's Bring Back the City Goal?den Days! ; Big Match Preview Hull V City

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MANUEL Pellegrini is hoping his Blues can find a time machine to propel them back to the future that sees them lift the Premier League title.

It is not known if the City boss is a fan of the 80s flick in which Michael J Fox travels from 1985 to 1955 to right a few wrongs courtesy of a plutoniumpowered DeLorean car. But the City boss chanelled his inner-Doc Brown to call on his side to turn back the clock to January when opponents were being buried under an avalanche of goals.

Ahead of today's lunchtime trip to Hull, he urged his misfiring troops to recapture the form that took them to the top of the tree before the Blues got the blues in February and March.

Pellegrini admitted he was struggling to come to terms with his side's comparatively barren run.

In January they plundered 33 goals in nine games compared with just three in five in February and five in three so far in a March that has seen them lift the Capital One Cup but bow out of the FA Cup and Champions League.

But he is hoping his men can follow Fox's lead - starting at the KC Stadium.

"It's difficult to understand (the run)," he said. "It's one of the reasons why we are not going so well.

"In this last month we are not scoring too many goals and we are conscious about that. We will continue the way we were playing one month ago."

All season it has seemed Pellegrini has been quizzed over his defence and the irony is not lost on him.

"It is important to remember how difficult it is to score goals," he said. "When we were scoring four or five or six every week everyone was talk-k ing about our defending.

"I think it's more important to score so I always try to have attack-k ing teams.

"In this moment for different reasons we are not scoring as much as we need and I hope we will return to normal performance of different players and high performance as a team."

Doom-mongers have already crowned Chelsea champions - Jose Mourinho's men have a nine-point lead - but City have three games in hand and Pellegrini was relaxed about his side's chances of catching them. …

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