The Sky Blues ran out narrow victors at Goodison Park to climb to the very summit of the division on goal difference and seize the momentum in the race for English football’s top prize.
Although Liverpool and Chelsea can leapfrog City over the course of the weekend’s fixtures, Pellegrini’s side look odds on to claim the title if they manage wins against Aston Villa and West Ham at home thanks to their superior combined attacking and defensive record.
This has led many to suggest that the club will regain the crown they lost last season to bitter rivals Manchester United, but Pellegrini believes there is still a long way to go in the battle for the trophy:
“I think that the worst thing we can do is to think we’ve finished the Premier League now.” He told the club’s official website.
“We have to play games against teams who play with no pressure so it’s important that from tomorrow, we start to think about the game against Aston Villa – we take each game as it comes.
“I think it’s very important to continue in the way we are doing so far – today was the last game away from home and we started this season with four points from the first six away games so I think this team is doing much better in this respect.
“We’ve won twice in our last ten times here and Everton played really good today – you could clearly see that they wanted to win from the beginning and it was a very tough game for us.”