Manuel Pellegrini criticises Manchester City's lack of ‘concentration’ this season

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Manchester City failed to put up a decent defence of their title but a lack of goals was not their problem, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Manchester City scored the most goals (83), had the best goal difference (+45) in the Premier League and their star striker Sergio Aguero won the Golden Boot with 26 goals, but their goal record was not enough to come close to challenging Chelsea for the title.

When you are the most prolific team in the division, you expect at least to challenge for the main prize but in truth, the title race had been over for a long time before Jose Mourinho’s men won it with three games to spare.

City faded after drawing level at the top on New Years’ Day but their issues were certainly not in the final third of the pitch, it was their leaky defence which gave up stupid points against mediocre sides.

The damning truth is that City lost nine points against relegated clubs Hull City, Burnley and QPR this season, meaning they had little hope of competing with the consistent champions, who lost just three matches all season.

Many of City’s problems must fall at the feet of captain Vincent Kompany, who had a very poor season by anyone’s standards. It says much that City improved massively defensively when the Belgian got injured and Martin Demichelis formed a partnership with Eliaquim Mangala.

The normally mild-mannered Manuel Pellegrini is not happy with City’s capitulation in the title race and has slammed a collective lack of “concentration”, according to the Mirror.

The Chilean boss said, “I’m not happy with the way we’ve worked for the whole year. Not because of the gap with Chelsea, but because we lost so many points against teams in relegated positions.

“It’s very clear we need to improve in concentration. It’s not normal that the teams who scores the most goals cannot be the champions. We also had the best goalscorer, the golden glove, the best goal difference.

“As a squad, the most important thing is to recover the title we have lost. We are not far away, but we need to improve. We made too many mistakes. There are a lot of things to analyse, but I’m sure we will arrange it and that next season we can bring the title back.”

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