Manuel Pellegrini began his post-game television interview (above video) with the words, “It was a pretty bad…a very bad result” to describe the latest defeat suffered by his Manchester City side as the reigning Premier League champions likely saw their last hope of defending their league title go out the window at Selhurst Park on Monday.
Despite holding nearly 75 percent of the game’s possession, Man City could put just four of their 22 shots on target and fell 2-1 to Crystal Palace. Following the game, Pellegrini was quick to defend his players’ performance, saying they played “very well” and they never lost sight of “the way [City] wanted to play.”
“It’s difficult to analyze all the season, but we have to play seven games more and I’m sure if we play the way we did today, then we are going to win more than we are going to lose. It’s very important to continue trusting in the way that we play.
“The only thing that we can do is try to win our games. … As always, it will be a very tight fight for the [Champions League] positions, and normally you have only one or two points the difference.”
Translation: The title race is over, we really messed up and I hope I don’t lose my job because of it.