Pellegrini blames defence, not officials, for loss

Date published: Saturday 26th September 2015 6:57

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini opted to blame his Manchester City defence as opposed to the officials after seeing his side beaten 4-1 by Tottenham.

Kevin De Bruyne gave Manchester City the lead after 25 minutes, but a goal on the stroke of half-time by Eric Dier precipitated strikes from Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Erik Lamela in the second period as City succumbed to their third defeat in four games.

As well as De Bruyne’s opener, Spurs’ first three goals should perhaps all have been ruled out for offside, but Pellegrini opted to blame his error-strewn defence instead of the officials.

“We didn’t play very well in the first half against West Ham, or in the second half here,” he told BT Sport. “I don’t want to talk about the goals because it’s a mistake, the referee can make it.

“We must continue working, to continue playing as we did in the first 45 minutes. We must play every game as a final in the future.

“In the second half it was two set-pieces, one decides the game, but after that they played very well,” he added. “We defended some balls very badly. Two set-pieces, two goals.”

Starting the game in the number 10 role in place of David Silva, Yaya Toure impressed before being taken off after 56 minutes. Pellegrini added: “There was a problem with his hamstring, he couldn’t train during the week.”

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