Pellegrini explains selection issues following Saints slump

Date published: Sunday 1st May 2016 7:48

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Manuel Pellegrini was clearly left with a selection headache after he suggested Manchester City’s packed schedule was to blame for the Southampton defeat.

The 4-2 loss at St Mary’s Stadium has left Manchester City with work to do if they want to secure Champions League football for the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the summer.

Pellegrini’s men are four points clear of arch-rivals Manchester United in fifth place, but the gap could be just down to one point by the time Manchester City take on third-place Arsenal on Sunday afternoon as the Red Devils face Norwich in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

The Chilean had Real Madrid on his mind after making a whopping eight changes from their Champions League final first-leg on Tuesday, and suggested he would have selected a stronger team had they played on Saturday instead.

“I tried to select a team that would win the game. I also had to select a team based on who would play on Wednesday,” revealed Pellegrini.

“Maybe if we played on Saturday we could have another option for this game but playing with too many players that are not playing often is difficult.”

As for the game itself, Pellegrini thought Manchester City were eventually made to pay for their wastefulness in the opening stages.

“In the first half we had clear options to score so they scored the two goals but we got back in it with Kelechi,” Pellegrini added.

“We started well in the second half before the decisive goal from the corner. After that it was very difficult to turn it around.”

Pellegrini seemed to be unconcerned about Manchester City’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season and insisted that nothing has changed regarding their scenario with two Premier League matches remaining.

“It’s exactly the same,” Pellegrini said. “It all depends on what we can do in these last two games. We are three points behind Arsenal and if we beat Arsenal we’ll be in third position before the last game.”

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    Mark Scott

    Manuel Pellegrini was clearly left with a selection headache after he suggested Man City’s schedule was to blame for the Southampton defeat.

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    Andy Arry

    Excuses, excuses, excuses! If we’d have won this game, we might even have ended up in second place in the table, not struggling to retain third or fourth.


    dr ian

    Pellegrini has to explain not only the reasons for the selections he made but also why he let Kolarov stay on the pitch not to mention having Bony on. Had he played Iheanacho as the striker with Fernando protecting the back four we might have done better. Kolarov has been a weak link down the left side all season and with Stirling in front of him it was obvious what Soton would do. If everyone else can see this why can’t Pellegrin. The sooner he goes the better.



    Really tired of hearing this time after time it is not an excuse we clearly not have enough god players and for sure not good manager enough.
    But yesterday some players showed the worst character i have ever seen they should be fined.


    Brian blue

    Not often I disagree with MP but he got this badly wrong. The only thing I would add is that the players that did play and under performed by a massive amount should have been capable of putting up a solid performance, which was what was needed, at least, a point. but they have now shown they are not capable of doing this. Southampton WAS an important match, arguably, more important than RM because we could be down to 5th if this carries on. For once, MP should have pit his attacking principles away, particularly, if you have 10 men and one striker up front, although you could say we played with 5 players at the best.They are makeing too much of the crowded schedule, they are supposed to be athletes who are very well looked after and should be up for two games or even one in some cases. That was not a team performance but a rabble of disinterested players picking up another pay cheque…..not acceptable



    All our better players are now going to have to play two games in five days.
    From Weds to Arsenal on Sunday.

    MP got this one horribly wrong.I just hope it doesn’t cost us champions
    league football next year.

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