Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied the notion that poor refereeing contributed to his team’s 4-1 hammering at White Hart Lane on Saturday, instead linking the defeat to their defensive frailties, reports Goal.com.
The Manchester outfit romped to five straight wins in their opening five matches, without conceding a goal, establishing a commanding lead at the top of the table.
Successive defeats, however, against West Ham United and Tottenham has disrupted their title charge, dropping them to second place in the table following Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over strugglers Sunderland.
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City were undone on Saturday by some poor decisions by the linesman, who failed to detect off-sides in the lead up to two of Tottenham’s goals.
However, Pellegrini’s refused to describe the errors from the match officials to be the underlying factor behind his side’s abject capitulation at White Hart Lane. Instead, he was more critical of their defensive showing, attributing the defeat to the shortcomings of the rearguard.
He stated: “We didn't play very well in the first half against West Ham or in the second half here. I don't want to talk about the goals because it's a mistake; the referee can make it.
"We must continue working, to continue playing as we did in the first 45 minutes. We must play every game as a final in the future.
“In the second half it was two set-pieces - one decides the game - but after that they played very well.
"We defended some balls very badly. Two set-pieces, two goals.”
City will look to overturn their stuttering recent form, which has seen them lose three of their last four matches in all competitions, as they take on Gladbach on Wednesday in a Champions League group stage match before hosting Newcastle United next week.