Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Mangala 'Gamble' Worked Perfectly Says Boss Pellegini

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Mangala 'Gamble' Worked Perfectly Says Boss Pellegini

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MANUEL Pellegrini admitted he had to take Eliaquim Mangala off to give his team the best chance of winning.

With City trailing Watford after 75 minutes, the Blues boss surprised some by taking off his centre-back and bringing on Wilfried Bony.

Mangala had struggled, but was not the only player in the back four to have done so and forcing Fernandinho back into a position he is not used to playing in was a big gamble.

It paid off handsomely, though, and the manager said his team could not afford simply to play for a draw.

"We were losing 1-0. We had to take a risk because we needed three points - a draw was not good for our team.

"Maybe it is not Fernandinho's position but he is a very intelligent and tactical player. …

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