No matter how big you are every season carries lots of surprises in almost every domestic league worldwide and EPL is the perfect example of how big sides often found it difficult to restrict their rivals in away games. Last Manchester City clash with Hull City proved to be one such game where no one had expected Hull can even stand in front of City’s firing line up, but surprising to everyone, not only hosts dominated the first half but also managed to gain the initial two goals lead by the half time. Though, in the second half they lost the rhythm and City managed to come back in the game and eventually registered a 4-2 win, but everyone is talking about first half where firing power of City could not even control the ball. Like always, Manuel Pellegrini is happy to see his team came from the back and scored four brilliant goals but he forgot to answer why they failed in the first half or the second half show was a fluke. Anyways, he said in the post-match press conference that “I really was very calm because I don’t think it was the real score in the first half.
“You must have personality and character when that happens to try and return to normal. I felt during half-time that the players were clear about what happened. It was not that we were playing badly. The way we started, we were going to win the game in the second half and we did. I was very happy about that.”
Adding about his strategy to rotate big line of players he is having this season, he looked confident that he would successfully warn up every teammate by using him in alternate games and as far goalkeeper is concerned, he explained why he chose debutant Willy Cabellero in place of experienced Joe Hart and said, “I think for Willy it was good to play not just one game but to play two in a row. Joe played eight games in 32 days, a lot of games for a goalkeeper. I have a squad of 22, 23 players and I make rotations because I think it is better for the team.”
“I think you cannot analyse a player on one match,” he said about Mangala. “Not the last game when he played wonderfully and everyone said he was the best defender in the world, and not today because he was very unlucky with the own-goal and the penalty.”