Manuel Pellegrini says his Manchester City squad were not impacted by a midweek to Abu Dhabi for warm weather training and a friendly with Hamburg.
The City squad only arrived back in the UK on Friday afternoon, ahead of their FA Cup with Middlesbrough, which they went on to lose 2-0.
"I don't think so," said Pellegrini at his post-match press conference, when asked about the matter. "I don't agree but you can have your opinion. I have a different opinion.
"We had six or seven clear chances to score at the beginning. I think we played very well.
"After they scored the goal we were disorderly and they had another counter-attack and they could score more goals.
"But it is very easy to say that (about Abu Dhabi). I don't think that is the reason.
"You can analyse the game and if you think that is the reason, that is your reason but I have a different opinion from that."
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Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for lashing out but Gareth Bale scored a late penalty to give a ragged Real Madrid side all three points from a 2-1 win at Cordoba.
The European champions fell behind to a penalty scored by Nabil Ghilas in only the second minute of the game but Karim Benzema leveled later on in the first half.
Cordoba had a number of chances to retake the lead in the second half but wasted them all, and Bale snatched the winner from 12 yards in the 88th minute after his free-kick was handled by Fede Cartabia, who was also sent off.
Ronaldo could have seen red minutes before he was dismissed for punching defender Ivan Crespo but the incident went unnoticed by Hernandez. However, the referee was in no doubt the next time Ronaldo was involved in an altercation and brandished a straight red card at the Portuguese for kicking out at Cordoba defender Edimar.
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Jose Mourinho has lambasted his Chelsea team after they lost 4-2 to League One Bradford at home.
The Blues had taken a two-goal lead, but surrendered it to four unanswered goals at Stamford Bridge.
In this moment I feel happy for them. I could find in my bad feeling with the game and with the result space to feel happy for them. I'm honest.
By another side I feel ashamed and I think the players should feel exactly the same as I feel.
By one side this is the beauty of football, the beauty of the FA Cup. It happens more in the FA Cup than any other country.
(But) I repeat the word that I used yesterday in case we lost - it's a disgrace. A sporting disgrace, but it's a disgrace.
For me it's the first time and I think it's unacceptable to lose against a team from a lower league.
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Diego De Girolamo scored his first goal for Sheffield United as last season's FA Cup semi-finalists earned a fourth-round replay with a 1-1 draw at Deepdale.
Preston began the brighter and Paul Gallagher opened the scoring on 19 minutes but Italy under-20 international De Girolamo struck midway through the second half for the Blades.