Barcelona's title defense took a blow on Saturday when they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Valladolid, missing the chance to move to the top of the Spanish standings.
Playmaker Xavi, who has won 22 trophies in 16 glittering seasons with Barcelona, said that he would love to take over as head coach one day.
Gerardo Martino says "something is not right" with Lionel Messi after the Argentina forward vomited during an exhibition match.
Pellegrini said there was no danger of his side letting their minds wander to next week's Champions League showdown with Barcelona.
Iniesta said it was fear that made City retreat into their shell in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against the Catalans last month.
Puyol, who has been battling with knee problems for the past few seasons, is again injured while fellow centre-half Pique is still recovering from a calf strain.
Puyol will leave the club at the end of the season following a persistent battle with a knee injury, he said on Tuesday.
Ronaldo struck late to earn Madrid a 2-2 draw while Barca's 4-1 win put them within one point of leaders Madrid.
Croatia teenager Alen Halilovic is poised to join Barcelona from Dynamo Zagreb and will initially play for the club's B team, coach Gerardo Martino said on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini has been banned for three European matches for his comments about the referee after his side's Champions League defeat by Barcelona.
Jordi Alba has returned to training following his thigh strain, the Spanish champions said.