FA Cup 4th round – Manchester City 0-2 Middlesbrough
Coach Pellegrini does not look for excuses:
“We had six or seven clear chances to score – we played well in the first-half.”
“After they scored, we were disordered, they had a counter attack and they scored again late on.
“Before they scored, we did well – after that, I think Middlesbrough deserve to continue in the cup as they played very well. It’s a strange game to analyse – there were two games in one.
“I am concerned, not because of the Chelsea but because we didn’t score in our last two home games.
“We conceded two goals in four of our last five home games – we need to recover our performances, both attacking and defending.”
The problem is we’ve had to change our style of play – we had no strikers for a month. After that, they’re coming back and maybe they needed time to reach their best performances but we have to retain the way we normally play.
“We will start working towards the Chelsea game now… we have no problem with motivation.”