City boss Pellegrini plays down Kompany altercation

The Premier League champions have been in the news for the wrong reasons this week.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has poured cold water over suggestions that the Etihad dressing room is fractured, according to quotes from Sky Sports, while Fernandinho himself has told the Manchester Evening News that his discussion with Vincent Kompany was 'nothing major.'

“There was a conversation, and not much more than that," the Brazilian said to the MEN. "I don’t know why people actually thought there was a fight - we spoke about how we could improve things in that match.

“I don’t have anything bad to say about Vinny – he is a great player, a great team member, and I have always liked him. It’s very weird that this story actually came up, for something so small to suddenly become so big.

“It was nothing major. There were other people around us, and you have to raise your voice a little bit. There was no fight, just a conversation."

Pellegrini also addressed the speculation, and like his midfielder, was eager to play it down.

"It is normal in one game that there can be a discussion between two playersbut it was not important for the team," the City manager told the media in Friday's press conference. "They did not have any problem and, inside the dressing room, we don't have any problems.

"I manage the squad in one way, I don't have any problems with the players. There are no problems inside the dressing room, so it doesn't matter what newspapers want to tell."

City have had to deal with a poor run of form since the turn of the year that has seen them win just 6 games out of 13 across all competitions, less than half of their fixtures.

A promising spell of form leading up to Christmas saw the champions close a lengthy points gap on Chelsea, but while the Blues have continued to have the occasional wobble, Pellegrini's men have been unable to chase them down further in 2015.

It has seen the Chilean's position as manager called into question, while the likes of Kompany and Fernandinho, two key figures last year as the Citizens secured the title, have been criticised after what several media reports labelled as a serious incident in during the recent loss to Liverpool. 

Depending on how you look at it, any disagreement between Kompany and Fernandinho could be exactly what their manager wants, with the players naturally disappointed and hurting from their loss to Liverpool. If nothing else, it proves that the squad care and want to turn things round. 

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