London: Bayern Munich player Arjen Robben’s post-match dismissal of their performance suggests another season of disappointment awaits Manchester City on the biggest stage.
Robben said: “The first 70 minutes we played some terrific football. We were so dominant against a big team in Europe. We didn’t expect an easy game like that.
“It is a compliment to our team but we expected better challenge from City,” the Holland international said.
“We didn’t give them any space, we pressed them right up to the goalkeeper and they just kicked it away. Sometimes they gave us too much space and we used space well.”
Despite the obvious lack of confidence displayed by Hart in goal, worrying not only for his club manager but England coach Roy Hodgson as well with two important World Cup qualifiers imminent, Pellegrini refused to criticise his goalkeeper’s performance.
Pellegrini admitted to being shocked by the way a team that defeated Manchester United convincingly 11 days ago were so easily undone.
“I will talk about the team and not individual players,” Pellegrini said. “We played really badly. It wasn’t the team we have seen in the Premier League. That was the worst thing. We didn’t have enough possession of the ball. We needed to have more. Bayern Munich had good possession.
“We started playing well but after the first goal we started losing the ball and that is dangerous with this team. I was surprised by the game we played today. You can’t concede goals to Bayern Munich. ”