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Manchester City boss says tactics not to blame for away form

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted his side's dismal away form is down to individual mistakes as opposed to the tactics they're using, according to Sky Sports. 

The Citizens have lost four games away from the Etihad this campaign, winning only one, with defeats against Cardiff, Sunderland, Chelsea and Aston Villa leaving them languishing in eighth place in the Premier League - six points behind league leaders Arsenal.

However, the Chilean has insisted they're playing fine on their travels and have lost purely because of individual errors. 

"It's not a question of tactics. We've won four points from 18 away from the Etihad, but I think we are not playing that badly.

"If you review all the matches, we had a lot more chances than the home teams, but some individual mistakes stopped us from getting three points. I am absolutely convinced by the way we're playing."

The former Real Madrid and Malaga boss wielded the axe on England goalkeeper Joe Hart after his error in the last minute cost City a valuable point at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. 

Their next league encounter sees potential title rivals Spurs travel to fortress Etihad, and Pellegrini has lamented the fact he only has four or five players left to prepare with during the international break. 

"Of course, the best thing before the break is to win because then you've got 15 days without a match.

"In our case, we're left with just four or five players, no more, to prepare with during that time."

With Andre Villas-Boas' side travelling to Manchester this Sunday, Pellegrini took the opportunity to take a swipe at Spurs - by claiming they're not genuine title contenders. 

"The league is very close this year, six clubs challenging, with very little difference between one team and another. 

"We have lots of points to fight for, and I think at the end it will be between Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and us."

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