Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the reason why his side lost 5-1 to Chelsea is that they “played against a very good team”. He also explained why he had to field a very young side in the FA cup tie.
The Chilean told the BBC:
“I feel we had a very good 45 minutes but after the five minutes after half time we threw away the game. There was a counter-attack and set-pieces. Chelsea played well and scored the goals.
“We were forced to select that team, we couldn’t play another day and didn’t have any more fit players. We knew it was a difficult chance to carry on in the FA Cup. We cannot do anything more.
“If we play on Saturday, it is better for us, then we play in the Champions League for England. We have six players injured and cannot take any more risks. We played against a very good team and that’s why they won.”