Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has vowed his side will fight the end in their bid to qualify for the UEFA Champions’ League knockout stages after a draw with Italian Serie A giants Roma left them with an uphill task.
“We have just one point from six but also we are just three points behind Roma so there are a lot of things [to consider],” Pellegrini told a news conference.
“We hope we can win [the] next game in Russia. We will see what happens against Bayern Munich. We have 12 more points to fight [for] and we will fight to the end to try and qualify.”
Pellegrini accepted his side were not at their best, explaining: “We didn’t play well, especially in the first half. We didn’t play in the way we normally play to score a goal. In the last 20 minutes we were more similar to the team you usually see here.”
Pellegrini also defended is decision to start with a 4-4-2 formation after Roma outnumbered City in midfield, which forced him to change tactics when he brought on Frank Lampard.
“We play a lot of games against strong teams in this way and we do it very well,” he added. “Maybe today we were not very accurate with our passing so when we started losing too many balls we did not have enough midfielders to recover.”