Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has praised his side for grinding out a hard-fought victory at Leicester City over the weekend.
Last season’s champions secured the win with a Frank Lampard strike – his 175th Premier League goal which sees the veteran midfielder equal Thierry Henry in the all-time goalscoring list – and remain just three points behind league leaders Chelsea.
“It is an important victory. It’s been a very difficult week for us as we had to play on Wednesday in Rome,” said Pellegrini in the aftermath of the match.
“We play in less then 72 hours another game and it’s not enough to recover physically and mentally. And we had a lot of injuries.
“That is why it is important to take a 1-0 lead and defend well.”
Next up for Manchester City is a home tie against Crystal Palace next Saturday.
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