Pellegrini blames Hart for Man City’s 3-1 defeat to Bayern
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he is concerned about Joe Hart’s proneness to mistakes. The goalkeeper has been in abysmal form as of late. Hart was at the heart of Manchester City’s loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The English shot-stopper twice allowed Bayern Munich to score on shots that he could have stopped.
Hart managed to push Franck Ribery’s seventh-minute strike into the back of the net and later did the same thing off a shot from Arjen Robben. The end result was a 3-1 defeat for the Eastlands.
The England international can be associated with a number of blunders between the sticks. Manchester City’s defeat to Cardiff City and Aston Villa were also as a result of Hart’s poor form. Hart is also blamed for under par performance for the Three Lions.
“Of course I am worried about the mistakes,” said Pellegrini, who was also unhappy with side’s poor defensive performance. “The three goals, I think we can do better, not only the goalkeeper.
“We played really bad. That’s not the team we are seeing in the Premier League and that was the worst thing. I was surprised by the game we played.”
Manchester City’s player-of-the-season Pablo Zabaleta was benched and replaced by Micah Richards. Pellegrini believes he made the right decision since the young defender was recording good form in training.
“I don’t think Ribery was the key factor to win the game,” Pellegrini said defending Richards’ performance. “I don’t think Micah Richards has the responsibility – the same as all the other players, but I don’t think he has any special problems.”
However, Richards was critical of the performance from his side. The young English defender believes his team should go “back to the drawing board” after being put to the sword by Champions League winning side Bayern Munich. Richards also believes that Manchester City’s poor performance was because of their tough game-schedule.
“We knew they're a really good team and they showed that tonight, that's why they're champions,” Richards told Sky Sports. “I thought Ribery and Robben were excellent. They didn't play with a striker as such and the movement in midfield was where the game was won.
“We tried. We've had a lot of games and there were a few tired legs tonight but we're a lot better than that. It's back to the drawing board now.”