City defeat shocks Pellegrini

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he "can't believe" that his side lost away to Aston Villa on Saturday.

City were 1-0 and then 2-1 up but they ended up on the losing side as Andreas Weimann's goal 15 minutes from time consigned Pellegrini's men to a shock defeat.

The Chilean was visibly animated in his post-match interviews and he said: "Of course it is disappointing because I think we played very well in this game.

"From the beginning we had possession of the ball, we had the chances and we didn't have any risk in our own goals.

"It is unbelievable we didn't win this match but football has these things. The team that deserves to doesn't always win."

The result means that City - who won the title two seasons ago - have yet to win away from home in the Premier League following defeats at Cardiff and Villa as well as a dour stalemate with Stoke.

Pellegrini also lamented refereeing decisions during the match that proved costly as they fell to another disappointing defeat.

He said: "I think the first goal was offside, the second goal was a free-kick and the third goal was unbelievable.

"Maybe drawing 2-2, at that moment, made the players go forward and we left a gap. They had the ball with the goalkeeper and then a chance to score in our goal.

"In five minutes we threw away all the work we did in the whole match.

"I thought the team played the way we need to play and the way i want to play here. I can't believe we didn't win."

The matches don't get any easier for Pellegrini though as next up is a home clash with Champions League holders Bayern Munich in midweek.

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