Man City ‘have a mentality problem’
Judi Online – Man City ‘have a mentality problem’, claims Gary Neville after Premier League champions slip to fourth,
Crystal Palace condemned Manuel Pellegrini’s side to yet another defeat on Monday night, winning 2-1 at Selhurst Park
Gary Neville believes Manchester City are being held back by a “mentality problem”.
The reigning Premier League champions slipped to fourth in the table over the weekend as Arsenal and Manchester United picked up wins over Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively.
City then blew their chance to move back into second on Monday evening, succumbing to Alan Pardew’s in-form Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park.
That was a fifth defeat in seven matches for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who have faded badly in recent months after a solid start to the season. The current campaign is reminiscent of the 2012/13 season, when their title defence petered out in disappointing fashion.
And Neville believes that their struggles are born of mental weakness.
“They’ve got a mentality problem, there’s no doubt,” the former England defender said on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
“This team cannot sustain success. When you win championships, you’ve got to be able to come back again and show the same hunger. They don’t. They drop off it.
“They get to the top of the mountain and say: “Phew, we did it”. It’s the worst thing that can happen. They are falling well short of where they should be, make no mistake about that.”
Neville feels that the make-up of Pellegrini’s squad means City now face a race against time to achieve success in the short term.
“It’s now or never for this team,” he continued.
“They’re getting older. Their average age is the highest in the league at 29 and a half. Unfortunately some of those lads are not going to be there next season. They’re going to pay for what is a disappointing season.
“They’re going to get into the top four but that Manchester City team with the ambition that they have got and with the quality they should be doing a lot better.”
April 7, 2015 / KampusBet /
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