Manchester City manager critical of players after Roma draw

Manuel Pellegrini admits Champions League performance not good enough on Tuesday night

Manchester City manager critical of players after Roma draw

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October 1st, 2014

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Once again, Manchester City face a struggle to qualify for the last sixteen stage of the Champions League, bringing back memories of Roberto Mancini’s time in charge.

Having lost 1-0 at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich, it was imperative that City got three points on the board against Roma, with the teams playing out a 1-1 draw that saw Sergio Aguero’s penalty cancelled out by Francesco Totti.

Pellegrini cut a frustrated figure from the touchline as the Italian side claimed a point from their trip to the Etihad Stadium and the Chilean admitted that the team now have an uphill struggle to qualify.

“I think it was a very important game. A point playing at home is never good but also we play against a very strong team in a very good moment. It was not a surprise for me. They are a team in form with great players,” he said about the in-form Roma side.

“We didn’t play well, especially in the first half,” Pellegrini said. “We started well in the first minutes. They made it difficult for us, it was a difficult game but I thought we could win it in the last 20 minutes. We improved in the second half but I think the draw was the [right] thing. We must continue fighting for the next points and see which team qualify for the next round.

“We have just one point from six but also we are just three points behind Roma. We hope the next game in Russia we can win. We will see what happens against Bayern Munich. We have 12 more points to fight [for] and we will fight to the end to try to qualify.

“When the other team scores a goal it is not just a problem of one or two players,” the Chilean said. “He had too much space in that play.

“Every time you don’t reach the result you want of course there is a lot of different things to do. We play a lot of games against strong teams in this way and we do it very well,” he said.

“Maybe today we were not very accurate with our passing, so when we started losing too many balls we did not have enough midfielders to recover but I don’t think that was the reason. I think the most problem was we lost many easy passes.”

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