Pellegrini: We played badly

Manuel Pellegrini admitted Bayern Munich taught Manchester City a footballing lesson during their 3-1 win at the Etihad.

Last Updated: 03/10/13 at 10:14 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

European champions Bayern delivered a masterclass as they powered to a convincing victory in Champions League Group D.

The formidable attacking trio of Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben all struck as City were completely outplayed on their home turf, although they also contributed to their own downfall.

Errors from goalkeeper Joe Hart and the defence proved costly but the hosts at least finished strongly as Alvaro Negredo replied and Bayern had former City defender Jerome Boateng sent off.

The result lifted Bayern clear at the top of the group and, even after just two games, probably left City in a battle for second place with their next opponents CSKA Moscow.

The overwhelming feeling was that a City side that thrashed Manchester United just 10 days previously were taught a footballing lesson.

And Pellegrini admitted as much, telling Sky Sports: "We played very bad. Bayern Munich played a very good game as always. We learned an important lesson in their goals.

"We didn't have enough time with the ball at our feet.

"I think that we were playing in a different way. They had possession of the ball and I don't think we can make the change to fight that.

"I always think a lot of things before and after the match. It was a possibility, but I thought this was the best way to play.

"I will talk about that with the players in private.

"All the games are very important. This was an important game to see what level we are playing at."

Pellegrini added: "I will talk about the team, not individual players.

"That was not the team we are seeing every Sunday here in the Premier League and that was the worst thing.

"Bayern always had a lot of possession but that was not a good day for us.

"The three goals - I think we can do better, not only the goalkeeper.

"But you can concede goals to Bayern Munich because they are a strong team."

Pellegrini admitted concern over Hart's form but would not go into detail on the issue.

He said: "Of course I am worried about the mistakes but I think that it was not an easy game, we played against a very strong team.

"Our performance was not the way we have been playing. It is important to think about the future and what are are the solutions.

"I think that the three substitutes, Negredo, Silva, (James) Milner, they played very well.

"They changed the match in the last 20 minutes but the goal of Negredo was just a little thing at the end.

"The difference between Bayern Munich and Manchester City was the difference you saw the whole game.

"There are a lot of reasons why this happened so it is very important for me to have the solutions. I was surprised by the game we played."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

S

toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

megabrow (cufc)
Being Defensive About Being Defensive...

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

Footer 365

Wes Brown has appeal upheld after Sunderland red card at Manchester United

An Independent Regulatory Commission has upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Sunderland defender Wes Brown.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Premier League top four still possible

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club can still qualify for the Champions League.

Dejphon Chansiri targets Premier League by 2017 for Sheffield Wednesday

New owner Dejphon Chansiri has set his sights on getting Sheffield Wednesday back into the Premier League.

Mail Box

Henderson The Best Midfielder In PL?

Jordan Henderson is named by two afternoon Mailboxers as the PL's best midfielder, while another suggests Man United are trying to emulate Barca...

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company