Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has apologised to the club's supporters for his red card during the team's shock 2-1 defeat to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night which leaves Manuel Pellegrini's side on the brink of elimination from the Champions League.
Toure scored an early equaliser with a fine free-kick after Seydou Doumbia had given CSKA a surprise lead after two minutes. But the Ivory Coast international was shown a straight red card - having already received an earlier booking - in the final 10 minutes, with City losing 2-1.
The 31-year-old showed a complete lack of professionalism by inexplicably shoving Roman Eremenko in the face. Toure's midfield partner Fernandinho had been sent off 12 minutes earlier, meaning nine-man City were left with virtually no chance of salvaging a point from the match.
But Manchester City's midfield talisman was apologetic after the final whistle, and took to Twitter to tell supporters: "City fans - I am sorry for my red card. I feel it is important to apologise for this."
Manchester City, who have failed to crack the Champions League despite their recent domestic success, are not expected to qualify for the knockout stages, having picked up a disappointing two points from their first four matches.
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City set for Champions League exit
Pellegrini's men must beat Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Matchday 5 and hope CKSA Moscow and AS Roma draw in order to stand any chance of progressing to the next round.
If that unlikely scenario happens, then City would still need to travel to the Stadio Olimpico and beat AS Roma in their own backyard on Matchday 6 to advance from the group stages.
Pellegrini mystified by performance
Pellegrini was at a loss to explain why his side performed so badly on the night. The Chilean coach told reporters: “Of course we must try to find what happened with this team in the Champions League.
“All of them are important players, so I don’t understand why they cannot play in the Champions League.
“We must review a lot of things to try to understand why we are playing with so low a performance.
“From the beginning, we were so nervous and we gave them the two goals. Really, we didn’t play."
“All of them are important players, so I don’t understand why they cannot play in the Champions League." - Manuel Pellegrini.
Pellegrini under pressure
Pellegrini is under pressure for the first time since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2013. However, the former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga boss has some credit in the bank after guiding the club to their second Premier League title in three seasons.
He will be looking to bounce back with a convincing victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.