Jan 27, 2014

    City manager: I had wanted to change the whole team


    MANUEL Pellegrini wanted to change his entire Manchester City side at half-time after they trailed 0-2 at home to second-tier Watford in the FA Cup's fourth round on Saturday, before eventually winning 4-2, the Chilean said.

    The manager ripped into his players, accusing them of "jogging" through the opening 45 minutes, but his anger paid off as a Sergio Aguero hat-trick enabled City to reach the last-16.

    "I wanted to change all of my players at half-time, all 11 of them," Pellegrini told a news conference.

    "The whole team was a disaster in the first half."

    Despite the manager fielding a side packed with quality, they were second-best early on against a Watford side managed by former hospital janitor Beppe Sannino.

    "The whole team didn't do the things that we normally do in the first half," said Pellegrini. "If Watford had scored (a third goal), the game would have been finished. But the reaction was there and we played a really good second half."

    City, who had averaged four goals in home games this season and suffered only one defeat at the Etihad Stadium, were frustrated for an hour against Watford, who led through goals by Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney.

    Aguero began the comeback when he tucked the ball in from close range and he curled in the equaliser after 79 minutes.

    Aleksandar Kolarov's shot was fumbled in by Watford's goalkeeper three minutes from time before Aguero took his tally this season to 25 and City's to 110 in all competitions.