Pellegrini baffled by dismal Man City display

Date published: Saturday 21st November 2015 8:01

Manuel Pellegrini: Expecting a tight finish to title race

Manuel Pellegrini: Expecting a tight finish to title race

Manuel Pellegrini found it ‘difficult to understand’ Manchester City’s disastrous display in their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

The stage was set for a mouth-watering clash after Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ended October with a fine 3-1 win at Chelsea, with City having beaten Crystal Palace and Norwich in their previous two home encounters.

Pellegrini rested Nicolas Otamendi to the bench, meaning Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demechelis formed City’s central defensive partnership in Saturday’s late kick-off.

And Klopp’s Reds flew out of traps, with their famous ‘gegenpressing’ leading to an own goal by Mangala, who struggled to live with Liverpool’s relentless closing down.

The powerful defender’s mistake for the opening goal caused panic in the City ranks and the visitors took full advantage, with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino combining clinically to send the men in red into a 3-0 lead after just 33 minutes.

A stunned home crowd had something to cheer about after Sergio Aguero scored a superb solo goal just before the break.

But the hosts huffed and puffed to no great effect after the interval, with Joe Hart pulling off several fine saves to keep the scoreline respectable before Martin Skrtel powered home a late fourth goal to move Liverpool within six points of fourth-placed Arsenal in style.

The Gunners also lost on Saturday, missing a penalty in a 2-1 defeat to West Brom at The Hawthorns, but Manchester United won 2-1 at Watford to sit second in the table.

Pellegrini was at a loss to explain his team’s dismal display, in which former Anfield favourite Raheem Sterling was a passenger for much of the game.

“Today we did it all wrong – the performance, the way we defended, the way we went forward,” the Manchester City boss was quoted as saying on BBC Sport.

“It was a fake night, a fake game. It is difficult to understand.

“If we meant to do it on purpose we couldn’t have done it that badly. It is impossible to understand.

“We tried to make changes and have some options to score. We tried to fight but continued making so many mistakes with the ball.”

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    Manuel Pellegrini found it ‘difficult to understand’ Manchester City’s disastrous display in their 4-1 loss to Liverpool at Etihad Stadium.

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    Andy Arry

    I’m baffled how Pellers is still in the job!





    Brian blue

    We vannot re write the game now but it is yet another lesson, the third this season, we have not learned from. That must stop or bring in players that can do it



    His press conference was a joke – he’d pick the same 11 and formation again – well we already know that as he fails to learn when he gets it completely wrong. 4-4-2 in every game in last seasons champions league and the thought of playing a second string untested back 4 with Fernando and Yaya to protect against a decent, youthful and skilful 5 man Liverpool midfield was nothing short of arrogant.



    While everyone is entitled to their opinion of Pellegrini, we are not privileged to what went on before the match, leading to the team selection on Saturday but MP and his coaching team are not fools and are well aware that their own well paid jobs are dependant on results. Anyone watching Tunnel Cam will see that the players seemed happy and relaxed on coming out onto the field before it all went wrong. I don’t agree that the team selected was an untested second string, they were all experienced but were outwitted and outplayed so must share the blame.


    Brian blue

    Good post citified….but I would add…we had not one leader on the pitch and a holding player who does a job but we need a more aggressive player in that position, DeJong type



    Almost every post I make comes back to the lack of defensive midfield. We still dont have anybody good enough to protect the back 4.
    I really believe this is our missing link and Achilles heel.
    Fernando is not the answer and the other Ferna is better going forward.

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