Manuel Pellegrini can’t explain why Manchester City are a European failure
Manchester City set to bomb out of Champions League at group stage after defeat by CSKA Moscow
November 6th, 2014
Manchester City might be the champions of England although they have once again failed in Europe this term, having lost two and drawn two of their four Champions League group games.
A 1-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena was followed by draws against Roma and CSKA, while the Russian side weren’t just content to defend on Wednesday night at the Etihad.
Moscow’s 2-1 victory leaves City’s European hopes dangling by a thread and Manuel Pellegrini admits he’s at a loss to explain why his team are so clueless in the Champions League.
Pellegrini said: “Of course we must try to find what happened with this team in Champions League. The mentality of the players, all of them are important players, so I don’t understand why they cannot play in Champions League. But we must review a lot of things to try to understand why we are playing [with] so low a performance.
“We have just played a good game here against Manchester United [in Sunday’s derby victory]. We have all our chances to win here at home and play a normal way but, when you give two easy goals in the first half and you really don’t play with the ball, it is very difficult to win.
“You can’t take anything positive. In Moscow we had a two-goal advantage and drew. Today we didn’t defend, didn’t attack. Now we must focus on the future and try and reach the knockout stages.
“You have the mathematical option to qualify, you must fight for them. We must first try to play against QPR, then we have the international break and then we are going to try to qualify for the next stage. It is more difficult but it is not impossible.”