Manuel Pellegrini has made tiredness the reason for the club’s dropped points off late – but this doesn’t really cut the mustard.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have to hope that the Anfield outfit start to drop points, while the Chilean has stated that tiredness is a reason for less then perfect showings in recent times.
Although the South American manager has a point given that the Reds have had no European football to play this term, City have no right to complain about being tired at the end of the season.
At the end of the day, all teams have had busy fixture lists and periods where games have come thick and fast – yet few have the resources available to them that City do.
Towards the end of the campaign is where strength in depth in a club’s squad starts to come into play, with injuries starting to mount up and player fatigue taking its toll.
However, the sheer expenditure that the Manchester club have shelled out on players in recent times should be enough to nullify, or at least limit, the impact of tiredness.
Looking at City’s bench against Sunderland, Pellegrini had six fully fledged international players ready to take to the pitch that had not played the majority of the team’s games this season.
City’s squad is much stronger than Liverpool’s, with more options in almost every position. Complaining about mental and physical tiredness doesn’t really cut it unfortunately.