In what could be seen as yet another surprising turnaround in the Premier League, defending champions Manchester City was routed by Burnley 1-0 in their match on Saturday. However, team manager Manuel Pellegrini said that the defeat will not affect his squad’s determination to get a back to back title.
“When you have mathematical chances, you must continue fighting,” Pellegrini said in an interview. He also optimistically assured that the result will not significantly affect the team’s morale. The loss puts the team in second place, five points behind current leader Chelsea.
“We are in second in the table so that is not bad. There are 27 more points that we must fight for,” he told reporters. However, Pellegrini acknowledged that it would become more challenging for their next matches. “We know that, [with] every point we drop, it is more difficult to reach the top of the table,” he quipped.
He also addressed concerns that his players were performing poorly in the match. “I don’t think we played really bad. We created three or four chances. Burnley had, I think, one shot on target and they scored a goal. That was a normal performance that we need to improve and we will try to do it,” Pellegrini explained.
On the question of why midfielder James Milner was not used during the game, Pellegrini said that Milner is currently recuperating from a knee injury. However, the City head assured that Milner will be ready for the second leg of their las-of-16 matchup against Barcelona this coming Wednesday.
George Boyd scored the only point for Burnley during the match at Turf Moor, which puts it just a point behind fourth bottom Sunderland. However, the surprise win has boosted the confidence of the host team for their campaign in the Champions League.