The Spanish media criticised a weak performance from Manchester City, as they were demolished by a powerful Real Madrid side in Australia.
Manchester City were mercilessly swept aside by a rampant Real Madrid in Melbourne, Australia, as the two sides met in the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament.
The Spanish press were just as merciless in their appraisal of what they considered a poor showing from Pellegrini's side, particularly defensively, as Real Madrid demonstrated their fearsome quality in a one-sided encounter, which was effectively over as a contest by half-time.
3-1 at the interval, with goals from Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, Real Madrid looked to be cruising comfortably. The solitary response from Manchester City came after a Sergio Ramos handball, which provided Yaya Toure the opportunity to score from the spot.
In their live text commentary after the first forty-five minutes ended, Marca noted: "Manchester City have been really bad in defence, particularly in their actions leading up to the third goal. It's true Isco sent in a great ball from the corner, but Pepe and Ramos were unmarked when the header came in."
Mundo Deportivo were just as critical of City in their half-time summary, suggesting: "Real Madrid are winning with absolute ease, during a match in which they have met with little resistance. City have been a flat rival, who have rarely created any danger and have really made work easy for the Benitez team."
Things didn't really improve for Manchester City in the second-half. Despite numerous changes at the break by Real Madrid, the Spanish giants didn't appear to loose any of their rhythm and attacking intent.
Most of the chances on goal were coming from Real Madrid and after another flurry of substitutions from both sides, Manchester City conceded a fourth goal. Russian winger Denis Cheryshev finding the back of the net, just six minutes after leaving the bench to replace Gareth Bale.
As Real Madrid continued dominate proceedings heading into the last ten minutes, the Marca commentary team lamented: "City are so disappointing. A team with so many star players and very little spirit."
For their part, the Mundo Deportivo commentators added: "City seem to have given up in this game, which enters the final stages without them having offering anything attractive."
The final whistle couldn't have come sooner for Manchester City, after what was an utterly lacklustre performance against Real Madrid, which will have left Rafa Benitez feeling very satisfied with his players, who were clearly fired up for this game.
4-1 the convincing score at the end, leaving Manuel Pellegrini with plenty to ponder, as Marca concluded: "Good encounter from Madrid, who clearly outclassed a sad City."