WATCH: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reflects on first half of season

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Manchester City is the reigning Premier League champion, and with that heading, the squad has a reputation to hold–that of a dominant side.

Although the Sky Blues don’t find themselves in first place, the next worst spot, second place, isn’t so bad. While teams like notable PL sides Manchester United and Liverpool have endured unfortunate performances at points, City have generally fared well across competitions in the first half of the season.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that regardless of the results in 2014, his side did what was necessary to stay in excellent position for another crack at the league crown.

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“I think for our team its more important that in the last 30 points, we win 26 [points],” he said. “Of course we want the 30 points, but we draw against Queens Park Rangers and we draw against Burnley.

To start the year 2015, City will host Sunderland for a second time this season; the first meeting saw a 4-1 result go in the Sky Blues’ favor.

“I think it’s a team normally we don’t have good results [against] when we play [them]. Sunderland finally we could win there, but I hope this year we can start with winning three points,” Pellegrini said.