Manchester City’s boss Manuel Pellegrini has dished out an array of excuses for his team’s 2-2 draw against lowly Burnley City. Manchester City had a two goal advantage at half time, but Burnley City impressively fought back and drew the game 2-2. Pellegrini, was furious at the touch line and would rue his team’s opportunity to get one point behind league leaders Chelsea, who were also held to a draw by Southampton. Pellegrini, lamented City’s loss to an offside goal, which was Burnley’s first, pitch conditions and fatigue.
“I can explain, of course I can explain,Football has a lot of things that decide that score.’ said Pellergini
“We played well in the first half and were 2-0 up, but in the first minute of the second-half, Burnley score a clear offside goal. After that, they scored the second from a rebound. I am not saying we are unfortunate. I am saying in football, just two balls can decide the score.
If that wasn’t enough, Pellegrini blamed Manchester City’s pitch condition for his team’s woes.
“The pitch was very heavy and we have had two games in 48 hours, but we were winning 2-0. Once it was 2-2, we didn’t have the legs to score. We only had two shots after that.”
“It is difficult for all the teams, especially our team because we play on a very heavy pitch against West Bromwich in the last game, to keep the same pace in the second half.”
Although Pellegrini and his kitty of excuses could possibly go on for a lifetime, the former Malaga boss, would certainly rue his chance to get close to Chelsea. Manchester City, looked leggy against Burnley and Pellegrini was right to comment that fatigue plays a major role. The Citizens, often lagged in shape and structure.
Mangala, was again at the heart of defense and contested a physical battle with Burnely’s forwards. Meanwhile, it was a case of two contrasting halves for Man City. City played with will, determination and astuteness in the first and resorted to their sloppy ways in the second. With the hectic Christmas period, nearly over Pellergini will hope that his side’s impressive form will continue to shine.