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Manuel Pellegrini on the game and Frank Lampard's professionalism


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team deserved more from their Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The Citizens were reduced to ten men after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for clashing with Diego Costa but showed heart and determination to restore parity in the dying minutes of the game.

And Pellegrini praised the mentality of his players after the comeback.

"It is not a result that I want, not what we deserved but the game was very similar to the game against Stoke," Pellegrini told the BBC.

'Ten players defended their own half, they scored a counter attack and they continued to defend until the end. The result is not what both teams did during 90 minutes.

"I am happy because our team played in one way, we continued playing with 11 players, trying to score, and with one player less trying not to have another counter attack and concede a goal.

"I am very happy with the mentality of our team.

"It is so important to play like a big team, and not like a small team. I would not be happy to play that way.

"We continue with the same ambition, teams will find it hard to beat us. The team performance was very good."

Frank Lampard came off the bench to rescue a point for the Citizens and the manager believes the 36-year-old will be a key member of his team this season.

"I was sure that if Frank Lampard plays he will score, things like that happen in football

"He will be a very important player for us. From the beginning he has been involved 100% in every day, I think that maybe he was not happy to score against such an important team for him. But he is very professional."

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