It has been reported that Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini played down their 3-0 reverse to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
The Chilean was quick to point out that he picked a team composed primarily of those who had taken a full part in pre-season and he revealed that he wasn’t overly concerned by any aspect of the game.
“In this match, we had two different phases,” he declared.
“In the first half we didn’t play with the pace we showed in pre-season and Arsenal scored two goals because we didn’t defend very well.
“In the second half we played well, we had possession of the ball and had chances to score.
“It is always bad to lose but we don’t need to worry – this was all about players engaging in the game rather than the all-round performance.
“Today was not the date to make pressure on me for places, it was one game more of pre-season. We’ve had seven players who only played five days who weren’t in consideration – lots more who only played eight or nine days.
“It’s difficult to be ready in two weeks. We’ll see during the week which players are ready and which are not.
“We were missing key players but I think the lack of pace in the first-half was the main problem.”