LONDON (REUTERS) - Manuel Pellegrini has urged caution ahead of Manchester City's final match of the season at Swansea City on Sunday after his team were handed a reprieve in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Fourth-placed Manchester City need one more point, thanks to a vastly superior goal difference, after rivals Manchester United failed to capitalise on their game in hand when they lost 3-2 at West Ham United on Tuesday.
"Maybe after the Arsenal game everyone thought we were eliminated," said Pellegrini on Thursday in reference to last weekend's 2-2 home draw.
"But now it has flipped around the other way so we must be very careful," he told his last news conference as City manager before Pep Guardiola takes over the City hot seat.
Since joining in 2013, the Chilean has won the Premier League, two League Cups and guided the club to their first Champions League semi-final, but they have been disappointed in the league this season.
Captain Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva will miss the trip to the Liberty Stadium, while left back Aleksandar Kolarov is a fitness doubt.