Football

'We passed important test'

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt his side passed an important test in winning at Everton to go top of the table, but he is still not thinking about the title.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and two from Edin Dzeko turned things around for the visitors after Ross Barkley's wonder-strike early on.

Although the visitors endured a difficult time after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back with 25 minutes to go, they held on to assume pole position in the title race.

If City win their remaining two games at home to Aston Villa and West Ham, they will regain the championship they won in 2012 - irrespective of what Chelsea or Liverpool do - as they have a superior goal difference.

But Pellegrini is not thinking that far ahead just yet.

"It was a very big test. Three points are huge for us to continue to win the title," he said.

"It is important but we have not finished yet. We just have won one of the three games we must win to lift the title.

"Maybe there was some doubt before the match about what Everton would do against us, but we knew we would have to have a game against a very good team at home.

"This is a difficult place to come, especially when you concede a goal at the start, and we did well to come back.

"It was all about the concentration and character of the team today."

City's move to the top may lessen the chance of a fairy-tale finish for Liverpool, who are still hoping to end their title drought stretching back to 1990, in a year which has the added symbolism of being the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

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Pellegrini was asked whether he had any feelings about not being the most popular champions should they lift the trophy in the coming week.

"I don't know who will be the most popular champions because I am not talking about the title," he added.

"When we finish the season, we can analyse all those things.

"After we lost against Liverpool (last month), I said the Premier League was not over and we must continue playing and we tried to do our best - that is why it is so important to try to win the next game." - PA Sport.