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Pellegrini’s Thoughts On Derby Draw

Manchester City still sits at the top of the Premier League table after a scoreless draw against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Manchester Derby was the biggest fixture of the weekend, but fans didn’t get to see any goals as the teams left the field after 90 minutes with the scoreboard reading 0-0.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini had some mixed opinions about the game and the performance of his team.

“The first half we played better, the same level as United,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk. “In the second half we started to lose so many balls, we lost possession of the ball. In that case it’s important to concentrate on defending and not to allow them to create chances, and in that sense we did it well.

“We worked well, United had possession but they didn’t have too many chances. They broke through, they also hit the bar and had a chance at the near post when Joe saved but other than that it was just possession.

“I am satisfied with a point but I don’t like to play in this way. That’s way I say it’s easy to play that way. It’s important to have a point here, another point in the table, but I don’t think it’s the way the team must play.”

Pellegrini expanded on what he didn’t like with the performance.

“Not to have good possession in the second half as we did in the first. But I repeat it’s a difficult team and we’re playing away,” Pellegrini. “If you can’t win it then don’t lose it by not concentrating.

“It’s not a bad day. It’s always difficult to play here at United’s stadium, it’s difficult for every team. If we drew at home maybe I wouldn’t be happy, but in this moment it’s a good point, we concentrated well and defended well. Maybe a lot of media criticise that but we can do it also.

“If we want to defend we can defend. We don’t like to, we like to be an attacking team.”

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