Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted that he was concerned by his side’s recent form after they slumped to surprise 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Burnley, Sky
The reigning champions dominated possession for much of the first half, but created little in the way of clear opportunities as Edin Dzeko saw an effort saved at the near post by Tom Heaton and Sergio Aguero fired over from a tight angle.
In the second half, the Argentine put David Silva through on goal only for the playmaker to produce a poor first touch, and he was punished on 61 minutes when Burnley took the lead. A free-kick into the penalty area was headed away by captain Vincent Kompany into the path of George Boyd, who hit a perfectly executed half-volley into the bottom corner.
City had strong claims for a penalty waved away for Ben Mee’s challenge on Pablo Zabaleta late on, but Burnley held out for a victory which leaves the visitors five points behind league leaders Chelsea having played two games more, and just a point ahead of Arsenal in third.
After the game, Pellegrini conceded that the club’s chances of retaining the title were becoming unlikely and expressed concern at their form. He said: “We are doing something wrong, we are not winning the games we normally do, especially against this kind of team who have been very difficult for us. We are not scoring goals.”
“We were a little bit flat but we tried to create more chances and more space. We had three or four chances to score, they had just one on target and scored a beautiful goal.”
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