Pellegrini: City were the better side

Date published: Tuesday 15th September 2015 10:51

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City “played better than Juventus” despite their 2-1 Champions League loss.

City took the lead through a Giorgio Chiellini own goal midway through the second half, but succumbed to strikes from Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata to suffer their first defeat of the season, as well as conceding their first goals.

The hosts had plenty of chances against last season’s Champions League runners-up, with Raheem Sterling in particular testing Gianluigi Buffon, and Pellegrini insists his side were the better of the two despite their defeat

“It’s disappointing, I don’t think we deserved to lose,” the Chilean told BT Sport. “We had better chances and played better than Juventus.

“It was a typical Champions League game, both teams didn’t create many chances but we had more possession.

“It was not a tactical problem. We played better football but Juventus had the experience to defend and scored  beautiful goals.”

Pellegrini was also pressed on the fitness of two of his star players, having withdrawn Kompany with the scores level at 1-1 in the second half.

Nicolas Otamendi came on for his City debut in the captain’s place, and although some believed it may have been a tactical decision, Pellegrini says Kompany picked up a slight knock.

“We will see tomorrow. Vincent has a calf injury, we’ll see how it is but now we don’t know.”

Sergio Aguero was a surprise squad inclusion on the night after having previously been expected to miss out with a knee injury, but the Argentinean striker came on for the final 10 minutes, suffering no problems.

“He was not for 90 minutes,” Pellegrini said of his star striker. “It was a risk to use him but fortunately he had no problems.”

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