For most clubs, sitting in third place in the Premier League after eleven games would be a massive success.
That’s not the case for Manchester City.
City are third on the table, four points behind Southampton and eight behind Chelsea.
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However, their recent run of play has drawn criticism, with only one win in their past five matches.
Their only win was against a ten-men Manchester United, who had multiple opportunities to save a point. They lost at West Ham and drew against a Queens Park Rangers side that is battling in the relegation zone.
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Add in an ugly loss at home against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, and things haven’t really been going City’s way.
Manuel Pellegrini responded to the criticism his club has received, and answered directly to West Ham manager Sam Allardyce. After West Ham defeated City 2-1, Allardyce said Eliaquim Mangala had not adapted to the Premier League and that Pellegrini’s system has its flaws. This prompted Pellegrini to reference City’s record against West Ham last season, when they outscored the Hammers 14-1.
When you are a manager and win you have all the solutions. The same manager, we last year scored 14 goals [against in four games] and he didn’t have the solution.
We are conceding goals but we are the third best defense in the league, with one more goal than Chelsea. So be careful, we’re not so bad.”
The City boss also said people must have confidence in his system as he plans to stick to his guns, claiming that “when you have a bad moment you must have more trust in what you do.”
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It’s still early in the season with plenty of football to play, and you can fully expect City to be in the hunt for a top-finish in the Premier League. However it is clear, the defending champions have weaknesses and can be beaten.
Hopefully for Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester City, somebody can beat Chelsea too.