Pellegrini concerned by Man City away woes

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted his concern for his side’s away form and has told his side to cut out the mistakes when playing on the road, ESPN has reported.

The Citizens face a tough period of four away games on the trot, beginning with a trip to the capital to face West Ham this weekend before going to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. They then return to London for the Chelsea fixture and round the period off with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup.

Last year’s Premier League runners-up have only managed to take one point from a possible nine so far on the road, suffering defeats at Cardiff and Aston Villa, and the manager knows this must change to make them contenders for the league this year.

Of course we are worried about that,” Pellegrini said. “I think we deserve more points away the way we are playing but the reality says we have one point from nine so we need to win. Now we play four games in a row away so it is the best moment to win.

He added: “If we see the statistics of the games we played away, of course we must be worried because Villa scored three goals and Cardiff scored three goals. We must address a lot of unnecessary mistakes, unnecessary fouls and concentration at set-pieces. We must improve the performance of all of our defending as a team.

The ex-Real Madrid boss is wary that Sam Allardyce could employ similar tactics to those of Aston Villa’s when they overcame Pellegrini’s side. “Maybe he will try to play exactly the same way Aston Villa played against us, waiting with nine or 10 players defending and trying to counter-attack,” Pellegrini said. “That is how they normally play. They are a very strong team and a very dangerous team. We are aware of that.

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