Manchester City boss Pellegrini admits worries over lack of goals

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini is concerned about his side's current lack of goals in both the league and cup.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he is worried over his side’s current lack of goals, according to talkSport.

City failed to score against Championship side Middlesbrough in their FA Cup loss on Saturday afternoon, while they also failed to net against Arsenal in the Premier League last Sunday during another 2-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium.

And Pellegrini has admitted it was a disastrous performance from his side against 'Boro and accepted that his team will need to improve if they are to start scoring goals once again.

“It is disappointing because we played very well before they scored,” said the Chilean.

“We had a lot of chances and we dominated the game, and their goalkeeper saved a lot of clear opportunities. But after the goal, we were a disaster. I think we left too much space and they scored another goal - so at the end of the day the team who played the game for ninety-five minutes deserved to win.”

Manchester City have heavily relied on the goal scoring prowess of Sergio Aguero in recent seasons, although his latest injury has meant that other players have needed to step into the void.

However, fellow forwards Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic have also been spending time on the treatment table, with James Milner having played as a striker in recent weeks. That has led to the club signing Wilfried Bony from Swansea but he is currently away at the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.

The Manchester City boss now says his team will have to improve and is hopeful that his group of strikers returning to full fitness will help solve their current goalscoring issues.

“We need to improve. We have had a lot of injuries over the past few weeks so we changed our style of play,” he added.

"We benefited and scored a lot of goals from that, but now our forwards are coming back. Maybe they are not at 100 per cent in their normal performance, but we haven’t scored against Arsenal or today so that is a real problem, especially at the Etihad.”

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