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Pellegrini blames referee bad call for home loss

February 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Premier League

Weekday 26: Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester cannot win against the top teams in the league. The Citizens lost their second consecutive game at home against the elite after Leicester City. A severe penalty given to Tottenham gave the lead the for Spurs at the 55th minute, penalty converted by Kane. Manchester City found the way to comeback but let the game go in the last 10 minutes of the game with a second goal for Tottenham. The Spurs sits second tied with Arsenal just behind Leicester. On the side, City has now a seven-point gap to overcome to win the Premier League. It is mathematical possible but seems difficult judging from the late performances.

City’s coach Pellegrini laments the ref’s decision:

“I think more important than my view of the penalty is that everyone saw what happened. Unfortunately for us it’s the same referee as the defeat to Spurs away in the earlier round when two clear offside goals were given against us.

I don’t want to just talk about decisions. We made a mistake for the second goal also but that moment when the referee gave the penalty was a very important moment as we were playing well and had control. I don’t think it’s a good decision to have the same referee for both rounds. 

“We had two games against teams fighting for the title – we never expected not to win any of six points. We must continue fighting. We must play for 36 more points. We have just 14 players because of injuries but it’s important to start working again tomorrow and to believe. The first problem is our team – we must improve a lot of things. All of the teams [challenging for the title] will lose points from now until the end. It’s very important to trust what you’re doing. 

I’m worried that we have just 14 players – it’s very hard to play so many games with so few. After that, we have to play better.”

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