‘Stay focused’: Manchester City boss Pellegrini blasts lack of concentration – despite Blues’ thrashing of AC Milan

By Marios Papaloizou

Despite thrashing one of Europe’s biggest clubs 5-3 yesterday, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini bemoaned his side’s lack of concentration.

City stormed to an incredible 5-0 lead inside 36 minutes against Italian giants AC Milan.

However, Pellegrini’s joy turned to fury as the Blues allowed Milan back into the game after conceding three goals in rapid succession before half time.

“It’s not normal that we can be beating Milan 5-0 after 30 minutes,” Pellegrini said after the game.

“But I didn’t like the last 15 minutes of the first half because I thought we relaxed before the end of the game and in football you can’t do that.

“It’s better that this happens now though rather than in the Premier League so we can sort out these things before it starts.”

City were playing Milan in the Audi Cup as part of the continuing preparation for the new season.

Despite a blistering first-half the teams could not produce the same magic in the second half and the game trickled towards the final whistle with no more goals being scored.

City’s scoring was opened by David Silva before Micah Richards, Aleksander Kolarov, and Edin Dzeko joined in on the party.

However, Pellegrini’s anger was the result of a brace from Stephan El Shaarawy and one from Andrea Petagna.

The Blues will now face Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side in the final of the Audi Cup.

Image courtesy of MCFC TV via YouTube, with thanks.

For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook.

Related Articles