Pellegrini Blames Referee Clattenburg For City’s Loss To Spurs

Pellegrini Blames Referee Clattenburg For City’s Loss To Spurs

Manuel Pellegrini has expressed his displeasure following the penalty awarded to Tottenham Hotspur by referee Mark Clattenburg in Manchester City’s 2-1 Premier League home loss on Sunday.

Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have handled a cross by Danny Rose with the resultant spot kick scored by Harry Kane.

Reacting to the outcome of the game, Pellegrini lamented City’s failure to pick six point in two back-to-back home games against their direct title rivals.

He however stated that they will continue to fight on.

“I think more important than my view of the penalty is that everyone saw what happened,” Pellegrini said. “Unfortunately for us it’s the same referee as the defeat to Spurs away when two clear offside goals were given against us.

“We had two games against teams fighting for the title- we never expected not to win any of six points.

“We must continue to fight. We must play for 36 more points.”

He went on to state that City are still in the title race because Leicester, Spurs and Arsenal will still drop points.

But he expressed his disappointment with the injurirs that have ravaged his team.

“The first problem is our team- we must improve a lot of things. All of the teams will lose points from now until the end.

“I’m worried that we have just 14 players- it’s very hard to play so many games with so few. Then we have to play better.”