City Boss Rages Against Chelsea’s “Small Team” Tactics

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has panned the tactics of Chelsea in visiting the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, saying that Jose Mourinho’s troops played the game like a “small team” in his post match press conference.

City have dropped four points at home against Stoke and the Stamford Bridge club in the last few fixtures, and both displays were characterised by counter attacking tactics and staunch defending from the away sides.

This has seemingly not been to the pleasure of Pellegrini, who raged against the tactics employed by Mourinho, saying that they befitted a team who were not of Chelsea’s class.

He told the press: “We had one big team playing as a big team, and one big team playing as a small team, like Stoke.”

City and Chelsea ultimately drew 1-1, with Frank Lampard bagging a late equaliser for the Manchester club. The former Chelsea man refused to celebrate after scoring for the club where he spent a long spell.

This cancelled out a strike from Andre Schurrle, who scored after a fantastic counter attac.

Man Utd Boss Questions Responsibility Of Attacking Stars After Leicester Loss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has questioned the responsibility of players like Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata by saying that the whole team did not help the defence in the game against Leicester City, as reported by BBC Sport.

Despite entering the 60th minute of the game 3-1 up against the recently promoted side, Man Utd conceded four goals without reply to slump to a 5-3 loss in a sensational clash.

Questions have been asked about the club’s defenders, and whether the club spent poorly in signing so many forward players during the summer transfer window, but Van Gaal had a different belief about why the result came about.

He said: “I think the spectators have seen a fantastic spectacle today and we started well and scored fantastic goals. In second half, we scored another goal but you have to win the game and we didn’t do that. We didn’t keep ball possession in the right way.

“We have too many players who want to seek for the goal. Leicester have already showed against Arsenal and Stoke that they can come back and they did it very well.

“For the first penalty it is always the referee [who you talk about] but you don’t have to do that as a player. You know you are in the penalty area and you allow the referee to whistle if you make a challenge, I don’t know if it is a penalty but we have to look at ourselves because we made such big errors as a team.

“I cannot say that I am happy. In the world of football, these matches happen. I was a coach at Barcelona in my first year and we were 3-0 ahead, with 15 minutes to play and we lost 3-4. It can happen, it is the world of football but it is not good because we have the game in our pocket and gave it away. Not because of Leicester, we gave it away and I don’t like that.

“You cannot say the defence was weak. You play like a team, Leicester showed that, we did not play like a team in the second half and that is not only defence. In a defensive situation the whole team is responsible, not just one defender.”

The comment was not without merit, with both Rooney and Mata being responsible for losing possession cheaply prior to Leicester’s goals.

However, with the Dutch manager having to turn to youth like Tyler Blackett to fill his defence, it can be asked whether an experienced defender might have been a better signing in the summer.

Spurs Boss “Angry” At Display Against West Brom

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reacted with disappointment and anger at his side’s display against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday, as reported by BBC Sport.

Spurs slumped to a 1-0 home loss against the Baggies, who have struggled somewhat under the management of Alan Irvine.

Pochettino’s troops could not turn decent early season form into another result, and conceded as a result of a set piece.

He said: “I’m disappointed and angry. I think we had a very bad day.

“We played very, very slow. We need to be more alive and play quick. We didn’t create too much. We made a big mistake on the set-piece.”

The Europa League excursions of Spurs in mid week could have had an impact, although very few of the side who played today also featured in Belgrade on Thursday night.

Pochettino’s club signed very few players in the summer, choosing instead for the Argentine manager to try and better integrate the players that they signed under Andres Villas Boas.

West Brom are one of the favourite sides for relegation this season, and have struggled to put together form since the start of the new campaign.