If you expected Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini to break out the fire and brimstone after today’s loss, you haven’t tracked the Chilean’s career. While there may come a point when the Citizens’ boss tightens the screws, three weeks into the new season isn’t that time. After today’s 1-0 loss to Stoke City, the second-year manager is keeping his team’s performance in perspective.
Despite the lack of goals, the main thing that disturbed Pellegrini was his defense. While goal allowed looked manageable, particularly given how early the Stoke scored, Pellegrini felt the Potters had it too easy, with a soft Mame Biram Diouf shot nutmegging Joe Hart for the day’s only score.
With 35 games to go, there’s no need to get too down about one result. For Pellegrini, Saturday’s setback just highlighted how far City has to go.