Manchester City suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Liverpool on the road on Saturday. Manager Manuel Pellegrini called the loss “a disaster.”
City slipped down to 3rd place in the Premier League standings as Leicester City and Manchester United both won their games on Saturday. City went down early against Liverpool after an own goal by Eliaquim Mangala in the 7th minute. Philippe Coutinho made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute and Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute. Sergio Aguero got City on the scoresheet right before halftime, but City were unable to mount a comeback. Martin Skrtel finished the scoring in the 81st minute.
“The performance was unbelievable,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk after the loss. “We have difficulty in understanding why we played so badly as a complete team. Defending, attacking, possession – I’ve never seen this team play like we did tonight.”
Pellegrini had made a couple of changes in his starting lineup, made two substitutions at half time bringing off Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas for Fabian Delph and Fernandinho.
“I will not explain the starting 11,” Pellegrini said. “If I had to choose again I would do the same. It’s not one name or another name. It was a complete disaster – the whole team.
“I was not happy with performance of 11 players, not only Yaya and Navas. We tried another system, we tried to press high but it was the exactly the same, it was not our night.”
Pellegrini wasn’t able to explain why his side had such a poor showing, but he explained that they will have to get over the loss quickly and prepare for the mid-week Champions League game against Juventus.
“We didn’t create chances we concede four goals we could have conceded three or four more,” Pellegrini said. “It’s difficult to understand.
“We need to turn the page as soon as we can. This performance is not normal, we all must think what will happen in the future, we have an important game on Wednesday, sometimes it happens in football to play like this.”