's cookie policy has been updated. Our website has been developed in a way to allow you to read all our articles even when cookies are disabled but third party cookies may be placed on your machine to track your use of our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive these cookies, alternatively, click "TELL ME MORE" for more information including opt-out instructions.

LATEST NEWS 11:37 Would Harry Kane Thrive Overseas? He is one of the hottest properties around in English football and rumours persist that he is high on Real ... 15:45 Mauricio Pochettino admits draw against Liverpool is a fair result Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Liverpool was a ...

Arsene Wenger insists: Olivier Giroud is not just a substitute here at Arsenal Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes striker Olivier Giroud can still be an asset in his squad this season. The Frenchman has struggled to enjoy regular first team football at the... - Read article
Arsene Wenger admits Top Four finish is difficult for Arsenal Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says a Top Four finish will not be easy to achieve for his side despite a vital 2-1 win away at Middlesbrough. The Gunners are currently sixth in the... - Read article
Arsene Wenger explains when striker Lucas will be back in action Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has no new injury concerns after the mid-week draw at home against Paris Saint-Germain. Defender Hector Bellerin and midfielder Santi Cazorla are... - Read article

Manchester City Jersey
» News

Manuel Pellegrini on the defeat, admits he is concerned ahead of Chelsea game


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is concerned by the form of his offensive department.

The Citizens crashed out of the FA cup after a shock home defeat against Middlesbrough and the Chilean admits that the lack of goals is a worry ahead of Saturday's key game at Stamford Bridge against leaders Chelsea.

"We had six or seven clear chances to score – we played well in the first-half," Pellegrini said.

"After they scored, we were disordered, they had a counter attack and they scored again late on.

"Before they scored, we did well – after that, I think Middlesbrough deserve to continue in the cup as they played very well.

"It's a strange game to analyse – there were two games in one.

"I am concerned, not because of the Chelsea [game coming up] but because we didn't score in our last two home games.

"We conceded two goals in four of our last five home games – we need to recover our performances, both attacking and defending.

"The problem is we've had to change our style of play – we had no strikers for a month.

"After that, they're coming back and maybe they needed time to reach their best performances but we have to retain the way we normally play.

"We will start working towards the Chelsea game now… we have no problem with motivation."

Chelsea also crashed out of the competition but will be determined to open an eight-point lead at the top of the English Premier League when they host Pellegrini's men next week.

Featured in article
Manuel Pellegrini