After a draw against Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City reel at third place with 21 points. Though some might consider their position to be noteworthy, the Sky Blues are already running eight points behind league leaders Chelsea, who won their bout 2-1 against Liverpool.
‘For the moment, it’s difficult to say it was two points lost because we came less than 72 hours (after Wednesday’s Champions League match), (in a) very difficult moment.’ said Manuel Pellegrini
The Chilean, was unfazed by Chelsea’s impressive run of form, wherein they have failed to lose a single match so far.
I’m not thinking about Chelsea,’ he said.
‘I’m thinking about my team. We have 27 games more and the championship is very long.’
Although Manchester City dominated and created more chances than their counterparts, the Blue Side Of Manchester once again failed to outscore their opponents, and chased for an equaliser throughout the fixture.
‘The way the game was during the 90 minutes, we deserved at least a draw. We had more chances to score.’
‘Of course I wanted the three points, but if you can’t win it, it’s better not to lose.’
Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City were in a crisis, following a mid week defeat to CSKA Moscow and then a draw against QPR. Without their inspirational captain Vincent Kompany, the defense looked to be unoraginsed and shabby, while replacement Equalim Mangala was exposed time and time again, a trait which has been haunting the former-Porto man through out the season.
‘There can be a lot of criticism of the team and the way we are playing, but not of the way we are working or the character and personality we have.’
‘It was a difficult test. We didn’t play our best game, but we still had four or five clear chances to score before they scored their second goal.’
‘We didn’t but we continued to fight till the end to the last minute to try to win.’
‘It was not our best performance in defence. We must improve, but I don’t divide the team in defending or attacking. We must improve generally.’
Although Manuel Pellegrini might not divide his team, Manchester City looks a faded shadow of their former self. Manchester City failed to score more than one goal and looked uneasy in the Manchester derby against Manchester United. A mid week defeat against CSKA Moscow has certainly put their Champions League hopes to bed. This is the third season running that Manchester City has failed to qualify for the knockouts.
Manchester City go into the international break following a disappointing and irritating draw against QPR. Facing Swansea City after the International Break, Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to turn their fortunes around and kick start their season, with a comforting win to relieve.