Manchester City morning round-up: Pellegrini criticises Kompany, importance of Chelsea game grows

A round up of news stories this morning related to Manchester City.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has criticised captain Vincent Kompany.

Pellegrini is quoted by the Independent suggesting the Belgian shouldn’t have made the challenge, which led to Arsenal’s opening goal yesterday.

“I don’t think it was a penalty, but it was unnecessary [for Kompany] to do it,” said Pellegrini.

Arsenal won the match 2-0 and secured their first victory at the Etihad since 2010.

The Daily Star quotes Pellegrini throwing emphasis on the club’s next league clash against current league leaders Chelsea.

The Chilean has suggested that playing Chelsea will be a decisive game as City look to try and close the gap.

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness agrees with Pellegrini with his belief that City have to beat Chelsea to win the league.

Speaking on Super Sunday for Sky Sports yesterday, Souness suggested that City’s run-in is more difficult than Chelsea’s, which makes the showdown between the two clubs more important.

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