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City boss savours clean sheet

Manuel Pellegrini says the clean sheet Manchester City kept in their derby win at United showed how "balanced" they are.

City enhanced their Premier League title credentials and inflicted a 'double' on their arch-rivals by easing to a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Pellegrini echoed two-goal hero Edin Dzeko's comments that the win was crucial, and was delighted to emerge from the possible distraction of his second Manchester derby unscathed and in such style.

"It was very important psychologically because it was one of the three big matches we had still to play, and it was against a great team like Manchester United," he said.

"We continue recovering points on Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal so it was very important to keep adding points.

"We need to win more points than the other teams but you'll never know how many points you'll need over the other teams."

It was a fifth straight clean sheet for City and, while revelling in another goal glut, Pellegrini is enjoying the current cohesion between defence and attack.

He added: "For me, it's very important to keep a clean sheet. It's important to score goals but today we worked very compactly as a team.

"We didn't give them a metre to make moves in our defence and so we were good in both attack and defence.

"I think we are a very balanced team at the moment."