• Man City lost 2-1 to last season’s Champions League runners-up Juventus 
  • Attention now turns to the Premier League, and the visit of West Ham 
  • City currently have a perfect record in the top flight, winning all five games 
  • Fernandinho believes the league title can be won and lost in December 

Ben Nagle for MailOnline

The Manchester City squad were keen to put a disappointing Champions League defeat by Juventus behind them as they returned to the training pitch on Thursday morning.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men returned to the Etihad Campus following their 2-1 loss against last season’s Champions League runners up, but attention has quickly turned to the Premier League and the visit of West Ham.

Slaven Bilic’s Hammers, who moved up to fifth in the top flight following a win against Newcastle on Monday, travel to the Etihad for a Saturday evening kick-off on Saturday.

Fernandinho (centre) believes the Premier League title can be won or lost in the month of December

Fernandinho (centre) believes the Premier League title can be won or lost in the month of December

Sergio Aguero picked up an injury against Crystal Palace, but was able to come on as a late sub midweek

Sergio Aguero picked up an injury against Crystal Palace, but was able to come on as a late sub midweek

Manchester City's first-team squad, led by Nicolas Otamendi (centre), train at the Etihad Campus on Thursday

Manchester City’s first-team squad, led by Nicolas Otamendi (centre), train at the Etihad Campus on Thursday

City's players carry a look of concentration as they are addressed by manager Manuel Pellegrini (centre left)

City’s players carry a look of concentration as they are addressed by manager Manuel Pellegrini (centre left)

And Manchester City will be keen to return to winning ways against the east London side, as they look to continue their perfect Premier League record.

Away from the training ground, Fernandinho has spoken to the media about the ‘complicated’ Premier League schedule, and he believes the title can be won or lost in December.

The English top flight is renowned for its busy Christmas schedule, and the Brazil midfielder believes squad rotation is vital.

Eliaquim Mangala (centre) takes part in a drill during training as Martin Demichelis watches on from behind

Eliaquim Mangala (centre) takes part in a drill during training as Martin Demichelis watches on from behind

David Silva cracks a smile as Manchester City's preparations turn to the visit of West Ham on Saturday

David Silva cracks a smile as Manchester City’s preparations turn to the visit of West Ham on Saturday

Kevin De Bruyne (near right) and his team-mates face fifth-placed West Ham next in the Premier League

Kevin De Bruyne (near right) and his team-mates face fifth-placed West Ham next in the Premier League

Samir Nasri (pictured taking part in a training session on Thursday morning) controls the ball during a drill

Samir Nasri (pictured taking part in a training session on Thursday morning) controls the ball during a drill

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, he said: ‘I always say the Premier League is complicated, especially in December.

‘It can sometimes be decided by who fights for the title most in December as there are a lot of games and sometimes teams have to change players.

‘If you don’t have the players to change then it can become complicated. In December we will see who is winning the title race as I believe this will give a strong indication to what will happen at the end.’

Aguero smiles as he trains his way back to full fitness following a knock picked up against Crystal Palace

Aguero smiles as he trains his way back to full fitness following a knock picked up against Crystal Palace

Fernando (left) and De Bruyne chat during training
Aleksandar Kolarov and Aguero (right) warm up

Fernando and De Bruyne (left) and Aleksandar Kolarov and Aguero (right) chat during Thursday’s training

Pellegrini watches his first-team squad train as they continue their preparations for the Premier League

Pellegrini watches his first-team squad train as they continue their preparations for the Premier League

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