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Manuel Pellegrini: Winning 2-0, we thought the game was over


Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini blamed complacency for his side's 2-2 draw at home against Burnley.

The Citizens took a comfortable 2-0 lead inside the first 33 minutes of the game but were stunned by Burnley's comeback in the second half in what turned out to be a missed opportunity to close the gap from leaders Chelsea.

"Football has a lot of things that decide the score," Pellegrini said.

"We played well in the first half - we were 2-0 up - but in the first minutes of the second half, Burnley scored an offside goal and then they scored the second.

"I am not saying we were unfortunate. In the second half, they grew [in confidence] and we couldn't keep the goal advantage.

"It is clear we couldn't keep the same intensity. Their first goal was important for them and they had trust in what they could do.

"I don't analyse individual performances. Burnley didn't have too many chances to score but they scored the goals they needed. It was not the fault of one player.

"In the way we are playing, we need a lot of movements and work. You need to run a lot of metres.

"Winning 2-0, we thought the game was over but it is not finished until the last whistle. We couldn't continue with the same pace.

"It is difficult for all the teams [to keep the same pace] - especially us, because we played on a heavy pitch at West Brom.

"The game against Burnley was a chance to have two points more but it was not a chance to win anything else. We have to play the rest of the season.

"We finished the first half of the season with 43 points - a good amount. After you are winning 2-0, it is more disappointing to lose two points but we have the rest of the season to see who will be the best team."

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