Champions League day 4 – Manchester City 1-2 CSKA Moscow
This home defeat almost terminates City’s chances to qualify for the third times in four years – They will have to win in Rome against AS Roma. City players, who finished with the game with 9 players, are likely to watch the next round of the Champions League on TV. This confirms the gap between their level in Premier League and Europe… Man United fans can keep laughing!
Coach Man City – Pellegrini reacts after poor home performance:
“If you have a mathematical chance to qualify you must try for it. We will see. First we must try to beat QPR, then we have an international break and after that of course will try to qualify for the next stage.
“It is more difficult but not impossible.”
“In this game the difference was not just the referee’s mistakes. “We cannot play in the way we played today if we want to win.
“I don’t want to have any excuses about the way we played and I don’t want to link the referee with the result. It is difficult to understand why we played such a low performance today.
“We had just played a good game against Manchester United and we had a chance to win here at home playing our normal way, but if you give two easy goals in the first half and you don’t play well with the ball it is very difficult to win.
“We must try to find out what happened with this team in the Champions League. All of them are important players so I don’t understand why they cannot play in the Champions League, but we must review a lot of things to understand why it was such a low performance.”