Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has refused to use a pre-match injury to key playmaker David Silva as an excuse for his side’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham yesterday.
The talented Spanish midfielder has been in scintillating form so far this season, playing a key role in the Etihad Stadium outfit winning their first five games of the new campaign.
However, Silva picked up a knock in the warm-up for yesterday’s clash with the Hammers and was removed from the matchday squad at the eleventh hour.
Despite missing the diminutive former Valencia schemer, Pellegrini has stated that he would not use the star’s absence as a reason for the loss.
“David has a kick in the calf. He tried to warm up but he felt his muscle was still stiff so he didn’t play,” The Daily Mail quote the Chilean as saying.
“But I don’t want to use as that as an excuse. I don’t think you can put it down to one individual player. We have defended with concentration and intensity in our last two games and we conceded two easy goals.”
The defeat makes it two losses in the space of a week for the big-spending side, who also lost to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek.
West Ham have now incredibly won away fixtures against City, Arsenal and Liverpool this season.