Pellegrini not afraid of Man City hangover in Champions League

Manuel Pellegrini is not concerned that his Manchester City side will suffer any lasting effects of their defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League when they play Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Pellegrini has a history of relative success in the Champions League, taking Villarreal to the semi-finals in 2006, where they were beaten by Arsenal, and Malaga to the quarter-finals last season. And while the Chilean insists City will not be damaged by losing to Villa when they meet holders Bayern, he admits the players will have to pick themselves up from losing in the Midlands.

I don’t think this result will have an impact,” Pellegrini said. “This is not a good moment, but they are professionals and we know how to raise our head again and we will try to do that next on Wednesday. It is a different competition, we must turn the page and think about the Champions League.

The manager added that City would have to improve greatly in defence when they meet Pep Guardiola’s side, but denied City grow complacent when playing so-called smaller teams after they were beaten by Cardiff and drew with Stoke, both away from home, in league away games prior to the fixture at Villa Park.

I don’t think that is what this team thinks or this team feels,” Pellegrini continued. “We try to play exactly the same against the biggest team or any other team.

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