Pellegrini refuses to play blame game after loss to Chelsea
Manchester City’s defense became the laughing stock once again after Chelsea picked up a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were heading towards a 1-1 draw when miscommunication between center back Matija Nastasic and goalkeeper Joe Hart left Fernando Torres with an easy opportunity to score the winner in injury time.
Nastasic headed the ball over Hart, which left Fernando Torres with the job of running past a defender and putting the ball in the back of the net. The Spanish striker accomplished his goal without a mistake to leave Stamford Bridge finally as Chelsea’s cult-hero.
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to make and excuses or lame blame for the late goal.
“No I don't think this is the moment to say who is to take [blame],” Pellegrini said. “They scored the goal and we will analyze it in the week.”
Pellegrini admitted it had been a heartbreaking defeat for his side, especially since Manchester City had played well throughout the game.
“I don't know if it is the worst, but one of worst. We had control of the game. I think we played a very good game,” Pellegrini said. “In the first half maybe Chelsea had one chance and they score. They also shot to hit the crossbar. We had two or three chances to score, but in this game you must score goals and they got two.”
On the other hand, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits had luck not been on their side the Blues would have settled for a 1-1 draw.
“The first half was our half. We were better, much better,”' said Mourinho, who created quite a fuss for celebrating the winner behind Manchester City’s dugout. “It is difficult to be much better than a fantastic team. We should have scored more goals.
“The second half, they start very strong. They score a great goal and after that the game was open. It was for both sides. In that period you have the little bit of luck you need to win these matches.
“We had this lucky situation, although you could say a belief situation because Fernando had the belief [to chase a lost cause]. We won a game that is very important for us. I think we beat the best team in the Premier League.”