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Did Pellegrini Miscalculate Goal Difference?

Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, appeared not to realise that The Citizens would top their Champions League group ahead of title holders Bayern, had they scored one more goal in their 3-2 win last night.

The Chilean’s side produced a magical comeback when they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Allianz Arena. Goals by Silva, Kolarov and Milner ensured that City finished points-level with Pep’s Munich, but could have finished top of Group D had they scored one more goal.

However, Pellegrini appeared to think his side needed to win 5-2 to surpass Bayern.

“I was tempted [to bring on Aguero] if we scored a fourth goal of course, that’s why I sent Aguero to warm up,” he told Sky Sports after the match.

Instead of opting for on-form striker Aguero, Pellegrini brought midfielder Rodwell onto the field.

"I think it was a risk to continue with David Silva, he could not play more than 70 minutes. It was important to be top of group but not the most important thing.

“It’s very difficult to score two [more] goals.”

The victory also stopped Bayern’s impressive Champions League record of 10 successive victories and Pellegrini admitted he was delighted to get revenge for their 3-1 home loss to the Bavarians.

“To win here and score three goals without Kompany, Toure, Negredo and Aguero shows we have a very good squad also, so it’s a very important victory.”

The Citizens next welcome log leaders Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, and Pellegrini will be hoping his side can continue their impressive home record. So far, Man City has seven wins in seven home games at an average goal rate of over four goals.

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