Pellegrini: Man City lack confidence

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team are suffering a crisis of confidence after losing at home to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, ESPN has reported.

City had both Fernandinho and Yaya Toure dismissed as they were beaten by two Seydou Doumbia goals. Toure had equalised but was later sent off and City are now bottom of Group E with two points from four games and could be eliminated from the competition on the next match day.

Pellegrini struggled to offer an explanation for why City’s European form has been so poor but did reveal there was a lack of confidence among the players. “It’s very difficult to understand why we played so badly. From the beginning we were so nervous and we gave them the two goals. Really, we didn’t play,” the Premier League title-winner said.

“The first half especially, we didn’t see the team we normally see. We didn’t shoot once at their goal, we just had Yaya’s free-kick, and we gave away two easy goals,” he continued. “It’s a strange moment to understand why it happened. I don’t think it’s just this competition, the last two weeks we are not playing the way we normally do.

“It’s a crisis of confidence, of course, I don’t understand why but we must find a reason, talk with the players every day and try to win again.”

City are currently third in the Premier League, six points adrift of unbeaten leaders Chelsea and two points behind Southampton. Pellegrini’s team next play struggling Queens Park Rangers at QPR’s Loftus Road.

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