Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Pellegrini Blames Chelsea Loss on Injuries
ESPN FC, February 4th, 2014 11:45AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  chelsea, england

MOST COMMENTED

Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini blamed his team’s 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea on key player absences, particularly holding midfielder Fernandinho, who is likely to be sidelined for two weeks after sustaining a muscle injury prior to Monday night’s clash at the Etihad. In addition to Fernandinho, City was also without striker Sergio Aguero, playmaker Samir Nasri, and holding midfielder Javi Garcia, while James Milner, only just back from injury, was an unused substitute.

"The only option I had was [defender Martin] Demichelis. That is why Fernandinho's injury was so important, I had to change the defense," Pellegrini said. I put all the players that were in the condition to play [on the field], that is why I did not make the other two changes." The Chilean noted that it was not a must-win game for his team. "For Chelsea it was a decisive game, not for us. If we had won, we [would have been] six points ahead of them," he explained.

The loss was City’s first defeat at home this season. City is now second-place in the Premier League table with 53 points, two points behind leader Arsenal. Chelsea is third, level on points with City, but with an inferior goal difference.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Man United Makes World Record Bid for Bale     
Manchester United submitted a blockbuster transfer bid for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale on Tuesday, offering ...
AWOL Ronaldinho Receives Queretaro Warning    
Queretaro on Tuesday threatened to release Ronaldinho if the former two-time World Player of the Year ...
Zlatan Fury at Swedish Ranking Snub    
Earlier this week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacted angrily to finishing second on a list of top Swedish ...
Rodgers: Balotelli's Style Not Suited for Liverpool     
Brendan Rodgers on Tuesday suggested that Mario Balotelli's style is not best-suited to Liverpool's game, saying ...
Mourinho: No Chance of Signing Messi     
Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea has "no chance" of signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona, despite reports ...
De Laurentiis: 'Spectacular' Supercoppa Win     
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis believes Italian soccer came out the real winner following Monday night's ...
Mourinho Hails 'Amazing' Blues     
Jose Mourinho described Chelsea's 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday night as an "amazing" performance ...
Aguirre to Hold Press Conference About Game-Fixing Allegations    
The Japanese soccer association (JFA) on Monday confirmed that head coach Javier Aguirre, who was recently ...
Hummels Slams BVB's 'Rubbish' Away Record     
Manchester United target Mats Hummels has described Borussia Dortmund's first half of the season as "rubbish," ...
Fergie Hails Carrick, Rooney, RVP, De Gea    
Alex Ferguson thinks Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and David De Gea have enough ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives