Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has vowed his side will learn from their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Champions League holders Bayern Munich, according to Sky
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern were comfortably on top for much of the match, Sky Sports notes, with the likes of Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery dominating possession and combining to outfox the City defence on a number of occasions. But a series of City mistakes, from goalkeeper Joe Hart and the City back-line, added to the German side’s dominance.
Pellegrini made no attempt to paint the result in anything other than the most negative terms. He said: “We played very bad. Bayern Munich played a very good game as always. We learned an important lesson in their goals. We didn’t have enough time with the ball at our feet.
“I think that we were playing in a different way,” the Chilean added. “They had possession of the ball and I don’t think we can make the change to fight that. I always think a lot of things before and after the match. It was a possibility, but I thought this was the best way to play.
“I will talk about that with the players in private. All the games are very important. This was an important game to see what level we are playing at.”
City made the score line more respectable late on as Alvaro Negredo replied and David Silva hit the bar with a free-kick following the dismissal of former City defender Jerome Boateng, and Pellegrini praised the impact of the pair following their second-half introduction, and that of fellow substitute James Milner.
But the manager was reluctant to single out any player for criticism. “The three goals – I think we can do better, not only the goalkeeper. But you can concede goals to Bayern Munich because they are a strong team,” Pellegrini said. “I will talk about the team, not individual players…I will talk about the team, not individual players.”
The result leaves Bayern top of Group D with six points, and City level on points with CSKA Moscow, both having picked up one win and a defeat in their opening two matches.
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