City win fails to add up for PellegriniReuters . London
Manchester City’s memorable Champions League win over holders Bayern Munich still failed to add up for manager Manuel Pellegrini after he revealed his poor grasp of simple mathematics.
City ended up second in Group D to Bayern, whose run of 10 consecutive Champions League wins ended at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, after the comeback 3-2 win between the two already qualified sides.
The Premier League side – fighting back from 2-0 down – could have been top of the group, avoiding the big guns in the draw for the knockout stage, had they scored one goal more, however.
Pellegrini seemed unaware of that fact after the match when he explained to reporters that he had not brought on striker Sergio Aguero in the second half because he thought they needed two more goals.
‘I said it was very difficult to win by three goals,’ said the Chilean, who made clear that resting players for Saturday’s Premier League clash with leaders Arsenal was more of a priority.
‘Maybe if we would have scored a fourth goal I would have made the change.’
Instead, City brought off striker Edin Dzeko and replaced him with midfielder Jack Rodwell.
A 4-2 scoreline would have been enough for City to top the group on away goals with the leaders decided on head-to-head results rather than goal difference. Bayern had beaten City 3-1 in Manchester.
‘Pellegrini fails his maths test,’ declared a back page headline in the Times, while others rued a costly blunder on what was otherwise a night of triumph.
James Milner, who scored City’s winner in Munich, said the players knew ‘roughly’ what was required.
‘We didn’t know if 4-2 would be enough or if we would need 5-2,’ he said.
‘We thought it needed to be 5-2 to be honest. It’s not easy to score three goals here, so to score four would have been a tough task’.
Pellegrini can at least take some crumbs of comfort from the knowledge that he is not the first City manager to get his sums wrong.
Alan Ball’s relegation-threatened City, on the final day of the 1995-96 season, drew 2-2 with Liverpool at home with the manager believing that was enough to keep them up after being wrongly told Southampton were losing.
comments powered by Disqus
National selector Minhajul Abedin said on Wednesday that he is still undecided about whether or not to continue on the selection committee after the Bangladesh Cricket Board decided not to make him the new chief selector. Full story
Bangladesh Swimming Federation general secretary Rafiz Uddin has failed to live upto his promise after taking charge of the executive committee in February this year. Upon taking charge, Rafiz claimed that his first priority will be to... Full story
An Australian schoolboy has got his name written in record books after running 200m in 21.73secs Ã¢€“ a record for his age group Ã¢€“ it was also about 0.08sec quicker than what Usain Bolt ran as a 14-year old, reports ANI. Full story
Former national captain and Muktijoddha Sanshad Krira Chakra goalkeeper Aminul Islam has been ruled out for three months after he underwent a successful surgery on his injured knee at a city hospital this week. Aminul tore the ligament of his left knee... Full story
New ZealandÃ¢€™s Ross Taylor tormented the West IndiesÃ¢€™ bowlers Wednesday, making the most of an early let-off to score a century on the first day of the second Test as the home side reached 307 for six. The former skipper, who scored an... Full story
The astonishing revival of Mitchell Johnson has put Australia one win from the reclaiming the Ashes and evoked the bygone era of lethal quicks Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson 40 years ago. A popular saying during the 1974-75 series... Full story
Real MadridÃ¢€™s Cristiano Ronaldo set a Champions League group phase scoring record on Tuesday as Bayer Leverkusen and Olympiakos Piraeus reached the last 16. Holders Bayern MunichÃ¢€™s record-breaking... Full story
Bayern MunichÃ¢€™s France midfielder Franck Ribery has said he is Ã¢€˜keeping his fingers crossedÃ¢€™ having been named amongst the three finalists for the Ballon dÃ¢€™Or. Ã¢€˜ItÃ¢€™s good for me to be... Full story
An 85th minute strike from Wesley Sneijder secured what will go down as a controversial 1-0 win for Galatasaray over Juventus and a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday. GalatasarayÃ¢€™s second... Full story
Manchester CityÃ¢€™s memorable Champions League win over holders Bayern Munich still failed to add up for manager Manuel Pellegrini after he revealed his poor grasp of simple mathematics. City ended up second in Group... Full story
Barca to let fans decide on the new Camp Nou Barcelona will ask their fans to decide on whether the club should rebuild their Camp Nou stadium or move to a new site, vice-president Javier Faus told local radio on Tuesday. Full story