Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Manchester City have a problem with hunger and the desire to build off past success, following their title-ending defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Manchester City’s form has fallen apart in 2015, and now Premier League leaders Chelsea have gone nine points clear of the holders in the title race. Manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was disappointed, but they have been suffering poor form for a while now and Neville thinks it’s their do with their mentality.
He feels the City squad have grown too complacent to be able to fight for the Premier League title in consecutive campaigns, as they were some distance short of retaining their 2011/12 title in 2012/13, with fierce rivals Manchester United finishing at the summit.
City look on course for a trophyless campaign this season, which is unforgivable when looking at the quality of their squad compared the rest. They have underperformed in every competition since they won their second Premier League crown in three seasons, and Neville believes Pellegrini has to change the mentality in the side that stops them growing complacent after a successful season.
“They have got a mentality problem, there is no doubt about that. This team cannot sustain success, and I think that is a terrible thing to have levelled at you. When you win championships you have got to be able to come back again with hunger and they do not. They drop off it. They get to the top of the mountain and drop off it,” he said.
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