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“We didn’t win the three games we played this week"

Pellegrini

Newcastle set to stun Liverpool, while Manchester United look a big price to beat City

Some cracking Premier League matches on the horizon this weekend, with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitting he feels worried after the English champions were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

The Chilean has now seen his team fail to win any of their last three and Sunday’s derby could dent the campaign further against a Manchester United suggesting they are finding their feet under Louis van Gaal.

“Of course we must be worried,” he said. “We didn’t win the three games we played this week. We must be worried about that but we must find a solution and address it. My feeling is that we are not playing well. We are in a difficult moment with a lack of trust [confidence]. We are conceding too easy goals and we are not scoring the chances we have to score.

“It’s a lack of confidence that we must address as soon as possible because we need to continue to be involved in the other competitions.”

Pellegrini said of the derby: “We will see with the players which is the way to try and recover that confidence because it’s not normal to see this team playing the way we are now.

“I don’t know if it is the worst performance but we’ve had three games in a week and they have been very similar. We conceded two goals in each too easily and had a lot of chances to score and didn’t. So it’s a difficult moment, there’s a lack of trust but we are going to recover.

“We are not playing the way we normally play, we’re not moving the ball as fast as we normally do, we’re not playing as a team, we’re playing too much as individual players and in attack we are missing too many chances. Maybe it’s all linked with the lack of trust.”

Saturday 1st November 2014
Newcastle v Liverpool 12:45
Arsenal v Burnley 15:00
Chelsea v QPR 15:00
Everton v Swansea 15:00
Hull v Southampton 15:00
Leicester v West Brom 15:00
Stoke v West Ham 15:00

Sunday 2nd November 2014
Man City v Man Utd 13:30
Aston Villa v Tottenham 16:00

Monday 3rd November 2014
Crystal Palace v Sunderland 20:00