Manchester City claims players are tired after 2-2 draw with Sunderland

Manchester City claims players are tired after 2-2 draw with Sunderland

Manchester City claims players are tired after 2-2 draw with Sunderland

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April 17th, 2014

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Manuel Pellegrini has a bulging squad of players although the Chilean thinks his team have gone mentally stale as the season draws to a close

Manchester City were practically champions-elect a few months ago when beating Arsenal and Liverpool in December, although the League Cup winners have gone off the boil more recently and escaped Wednesday’s match against Sunderland with just a point.

The absence of Yaya Toure and David Silva was telling as the Citizens toiled away following Fernandinho’s early breakthrough, with Connor Wickham scoring twice for the Black Cats before Samir Nasri claimed a draw for the home side.

The result puts a massive dent in City’s title aspirations and Manuel Pellegrini thinks that a long season is catching up with his players despite having more squad depth than practically every other manager in the top flight.

Pellegrini said: “I think more mentally tired than physically tired. Mentally it was very difficult to play this game after Liverpool. At this moment it is more mental than physical. When it no longer depends on what you can do it is very frustrating but we must finish season the way we have done practically the whole season, we must try to win our last five games.

“We have to play five games more so we continue having chances, less chances than before this game. But we continue having chances and I repeat my duties now are to talk with the players and try and win these five games and at the end of the season we will see which team has most points.

“Remember this team two years ago were six points behind the leaders and they won the title at the end. So it is difficult but it is not the last game we play [tonight].

“Maybe in this moment Liverpool and Chelsea have better chances than our team because we are in third position but we still continue fighting until the last game.”

Sergio Aguero was withdrawn on sixty minutes, with David Silva missing against Sunderland with an ankle problem although Pellegrini is hopeful he will be able to return for the next game.

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