Manchester City manager “worried” ahead of derby after losing to Newcastle

Manuel Pellegrini looking to arrest a slump in form against Manchester United on Sunday

Manchester City manager “worried” ahead of derby after losing to Newcastle

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October 30th, 2014

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Manchester City were dumped out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, with goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko ensuring Newcastle booked their place in the last eight of the competition.

It means that the Citizens are without a win in their last three matches, having forsaken a two-goal lead to draw with CSKA Moscow before defeats against West Ham and the Magpies, with Manuel Pellegrini admitted there is cause for concern.

“Of course we must be worried,” he said. “We didn’t win the three games we played this week. We must be worried about that but we must find a solution and address it. My feeling is that we are not playing well. We are in a difficult moment with a lack of trust [confidence]. We are conceding too easy goals and we are not scoring the chances we have to score.

“It’s a lack of confidence that we must address as soon as possible because we need to continue to be involved in the other competitions.”

Pellegrini said of the derby: “We will see with the players which is the way to try and recover that confidence because it’s not normal to see this team playing the way we are now.

“I don’t know if it is the worst performance but we’ve had three games in a week and they have been very similar. We conceded two goals in each too easily and had a lot of chances to score and didn’t. So it’s a difficult moment, there’s a lack of trust but we are going to recover.

“We are not playing the way we normally play, we’re not moving the ball as fast as we normally do, we’re not playing as a team, we’re playing too much as individual players and in attack we are missing too many chances. Maybe it’s all linked with the lack of trust.”

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