Manuel Pellegrini and his squad travelled to the Arena Khimki in order play their 3rd Champions League match against CSKA Moscow and surprisingly they had to settle with a 2-2 draw against the Russian team.
The Chilean manager of Manchester City was surprised to see his team conceding 2 goals in the 2nd half and he went on blaming the temperature in which the match was played on as one of the reasons on why his team did not perform at their usual best.
“We didn’t play well in the second half, maybe there was an excess of trust or that it was so cold that it was very difficult for the players to continue to have motivation. It seemed so easy in the first half. We played very well in the first half but maybe it was too cold in the second half.” Pellegrini said after the conclusion of the match.
Manchester City still has not managed to win a single match in their Champions League campaign and is sitting on 3rd place in Group E, behind Bayern Munich and As.Roma.
The Premier League club was in need of claiming a victory against CSVA Moscow if they wanted to keep their hopes of advancing past the group stages of the Champions League alive but only managed on grabbing 1 point.
There are still 3 more matches left to be played in the Champions League schedule of Manchester City which is just enough games for the English team to pick themselves up and start collecting points but it will be a huge mountain for Manuel Pellegrini and his players to climb if they want to progress into the next rounds of the European tournament.
The next match of Manchester City in the Champions League is scheduled to be played on November 5 in the home grounds of the English club at the Etihad Stadium as they face their 2nd leg match against CSKA Moscow and a victory is desperately needed for Manchester City to have any chance of progressing through these rounds of the Champions League.