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Betting Site: Pellegrini laments Manchester City’s defence
By Andrew Scott Thursday, 29 August 2013 07:24
Manuel Pellegrini and many betting sites that follow Manchester City were not happy at all with their team’s defense after they lost 3-2 on Sunday at Cardiff City.
Betting sites saw that Pellegrini’s players – who had a very good start to the season when they defeated Newcastle United on Monday 4-0 – were beaten in Wales by an ardent Cardiff side.
Pay per head services saw that in the 52nd minute, Edin Dzeko put City in front with an impressive effort from distance, but eight minutes later Aron Gunnarsson was able to level for Cardiff.
Fraizer Campbell, who was a threat throughout the match and a big favourite with many betting shops, then moved on in two corners as he made the most of loose marking from Pablo Zabaleta.
Many betting sites and pay per head services were frustrated to see that even though substitute Alvaro Negredo pulled back a late goal for his squad, Pellegrini’s side were not able to save a point as Cardiff celebrated their first victory in the Premier League.
When he was asked if his defence could have improved, Pellegrini said: “Of course. Nobody believes they can score two goals against us in a set-piece.
“You must be concentrating on those sort of plays. We scored two goals but the game was decided by two corners.”
Pellegrini acknowledged that Cardiff made life difficult for his side, but he and many betting shops felt that in the first half the visitors were too passive before their defensive problems after the break.
“I think we played against a very difficult team,” he said.
“Cardiff had 10 players near their own box (regularly) and it was very difficult for us to score.
“I think we didn’t play well. We played a little slowly in the first half. When we scored our first goal, I think we could do better after that.”
Betting sites learned that suggestions that he would move quickly into the transfer window to boost his defensive options were also rejected by Pellegrini.
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On Sunday, Kompany’s spot was filled in by Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia, who was clearly struggling, but Pellegrini refused to blame the player for the team’s loss.