Pel­le­grini blames Pep

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER — Manch­ester City’s Premier League ti­tle chal­lenge de­railed once the club an­nounced Pep Guardi­ola would take charge from next sea­son, out­go­ing man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini ( pictured) has said.

City won just three of their next 11 games to fall be­hind in the ti­tle race and exit the FA Cup once the an­nounce­ment was made in Fe­bru­ary about the Bay­ern Mu­nich boss.

“At the start of Fe­bru­ary, there was news about a change of the man­ager, about play­ers who will not con­tinue here next sea­son, about a lot of things in­volved in the minds of all the play­ers.

“It’s not easy for the play­ers when you read in news­pa­pers all things that will hap­pen next sea- son, all the play­ers who will go out, all the play­ers that will come in. It’s not easy for the play­ers to fo­cus their mind.

“In Fe­bru­ary we were in­volved in all the com­pe­ti­tions, in the Cham­pi­ons League, we won the Cap­i­tal One (League) Cup, we were forced to leave the FA Cup, and we were three points be­hind the lead­ers.

“We must try to fin­ish now play­ing this way, try­ing to be as near as pos­si­ble at the top of the ta­ble, try­ing to reach the fi­nal of the Cham­pi­ons League and we will fin­ish a good sea­son if we win two ti­tles,” the Chilean said. — Reuters

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