Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta admits that confidence within the side's ranks has hit rock bottom following the 4-2 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United, reports the Mirror.
The Premier League champions are in a major slump of form, having lost four of their last six league games - which has left them 12 points behind top of the table Chelsea, and only four points behind Champions League chasers Liverpool.
Serious questions have been asked about Manuel Pellegrini’s continuation as manager of the Manchester club, with many fans hoping that the Chilean gets the axe in the near future.
Zabalata also believes that City were nervous ahead of the derby following their recent poor results: “It seems we lost confidence and were nervous.
“It’s time to analyse what we are doing wrong and try to improve for the next few games.
“There are still 18 points to play for and we must be honest with ourselves and start to push hard, play better and win games, so we can get in the top four.
“When you lose those games, it is always really hard but that is football sometimes - football is about momentum.”
The game at Old Trafford last Sunday was a disaster for City, especially after taking the lead. Fellow compatriot Sergio Aguero opened the scoring, only for United to go ahead by three goals, something which shocked Zabaleta and the rest of the City team:
“It was hard for the team to react and we conceded a second goal.
“In the second-half we didn’t create many chances and when United scored the third goal, the game was over.”
Aguero scored late on to reduce the deficit, but the damage was already done.
City will now look towards their next match against West Ham at home, with Liverpool closely tailing them for that elusive fourth spot.
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