Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has blamed in-coming coach Pep Guardiola for their dismal season. The Chilean has said that the news of Guardiola’s appointment had caused the team some chaos. He said news of the deal had led the team to lose key matches in February against leaders Leicester City and second-placed Tottenham. He also said the players had been bothered and lost concentration when rumours of those to be sold and those to be bought erupted.
“Of course for different reasons we lost important games in February, against Leicester and Tottenham, two games which do not allow us to be involved in the title,” the outgoing City manager said.
“It’s because between now and the end of May we need to play eight games in one month.
“I am frustrated because we never expected to lose those games at home against Leicester and Tottenham. But there are a lot of reasons why those things happened, it’s not normal in the way we are going to finish the season.
“At the start of February there was news about the change of the manager, about players who will not continue here next season, about a lot of things that involved the minds of all the players.
“It’s not easy for the players when you read in newspapers all things that will happen next season, all the players who will go out, all the players that will come in. It’s not easy for the players to focus their mind, he said.