Za­baleta hits back at City’s crit­ics

Wilmslow Express - - CITY LIFE LO­CAL - Stu­art Bren­nan @StuBren­nanMEN

PABLO Za­baleta has blasted the crit­ics who have la­belled City’s sea­son a ‘dis­as­ter’.

And the Blues ace has de­fender man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini, who he says de­serves more re­spect for win­ning two tro­phies last sea­son.

The Blues have been la­belled flops af­ter fail­ing to fol­low up last sea­son’s Premier League and Cap­i­tal One Cup dou­ble and Pel­le­grini’s fu­ture is in doubt. But Za­baleta in­sists the crit­i­cism is an over- re­ac­tion.

“You look at Liver­pool, Arse­nal, they are also some of the great­est teams and they’ve not won that many tro­phies in the last few years,” he said.

“But at City it seems one dis­ap­point­ing sea­son is like a dis­as­ter. Maybe it’s be­cause we’ve won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, the Cap­i­tal One.

“Now it seems like be­cause we have not won some­thing it’s a dis­as­ter and we have to change seven or eight play­ers and the man­ager – that’s what peo­ple say.”

Za­baleta also backed Pel­le­grini to bounce back.

“The man­ager de­serves more re­spect from ev­ery­one,” he added. “He came last sea­son, he won the league and the Cap­i­tal One. We can­not blame just the man­ager for this mo­ment.

“In­di­vid­ual play­ers have also not been great in the whole sea­son.

“Ev­ery­one is re­spon­si­ble – when you don’t win ti­tles it can be a lit­tle bit frus­trat­ing for ev­ery­one.”

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