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Fernandinho rues "complete disaster"

Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has admitted that Manchester City suffered "a complete disaster" after being held at home by bottom club Sunderland.

The 2-2 draw, three days after the 3-2 defeat by Liverpool, leaves City's Premier League title hopes in tatters.

Fernandinho had opened the scoring for City less than two minutes into the game but in the end Manuel Pellegrini's tired-looking side were relieved to rescue a point.

The whole team is disappointed about the result, especially in the way we played. The result was a complete disaster for us.

We started well and scored the goal, but for 50 minutes after that we lost control of the game and they played better than us.

We scored after two minutes but then changed our style of game and paid for it. They had three clear chances in the first half and then scored two in the second half, when we lost our position on the pitch.

We need to keep our heads up and think about the next game, when we cannot make a silly mistake, as we did.

– Man City midfielder Fernandinho

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Pellegrini: We couldn't take our minds off the Liverpool defeat

Manuel Pellegrini conceded that Manchester City's title hopes have suffered a serious blow after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by bottom club Sunderland.

It could have been even worse for City who needed a late equaliser by Samir Nasri to avoid defeat, but Liverpool are now six points ahead having only played a single game more while Chelsea are four points in front.

Of course the chances are less than before the match. It was very important for us to win the three points, for different reasons we couldn't but we continue fighting to the end.

I think we couldn't take out of the mind the game against Liverpool and that was the consequence why the team didn't play well.

We needed more intensity but our mind maybe was not in the moment to do it.

Maybe at the moment Liverpool and Chelsea have better chances than our team because we are in third position but we still continue fighting until the last game.

– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

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Pellegrini not worried by FFP threat

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not worried by the possibility of the club being sanctioned by UEFA for breaching financial fair play (FFP) rules.

City are among a number of clubs, including Paris St Germain, that are having their cases considered this week by UEFA's Club Financial Control Body's (CFCB) which will decide if they have committed breaches of the break-even rules.

Asked if he was worried about the possibility of sanctions, Pellegrini told a news conference:

No. First of all it is important to know what UEFA will have to say and then we can have an opinion.

It is important for the club but I am not the person in charge of those kinds of things.

– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
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