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Pellegrini won't blame individuals

03 Oct 2013 09:01:52

Pellegrini won't blame individuals

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to blame individuals after his side were swept aside by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

City were given a footballing lesson by the European champions at the Etihad Stadium, losing 3-1 in a one-sided Group D encounter.

Yet as brilliant as the Germans were, City contributed to their own downfall with defensive mistakes, particularly from goalkeeper Joe Hart and left-back Gael Clichy, proving costly.

Pellegrini said: "I will talk about the team, not individual players.

"We played today really badly, (that was) not the team we are seeing every Sunday here in the Premier League and that was the worst thing.

"We didn't have possession of the ball and we tried to have more.

"Bayern always had a lot of possession but that was not a good day for us.

"The three goals - I think we can do better, not only the goalkeeper.

"But you can concede goals to Bayern Munich because they are a strong team."

Bayern took a firm grip of the game after just seven minutes when Franck Ribery cut inside and lashed a shot through Hart's attempted save.


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