Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini rues missed chances

Manuel Pellegrini Man City v Juventus Champions League

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was left ruing missed opportunities as his side suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Juventus in the Champions League.

City skipper Vincent Kompany forced an own goal from Giorgio Chiellini to give the home side the lead but goals from Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata gave the reigning Serie A champions all three points at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Premier League frontunners allowed too many chances to go begging, with big summer signing Raheem Sterling guilty of missing two fine opportunities.

Pellegrini thought his side were the better of the two teams but knows his men should have pressed home their advantage by taking their chances in the 90 minutes.

He said: “It was a strange game and I don’t think we deserved to lose it. I thought we played better than Juventus but they are a strong team. We missed chances and we know when we have chances in the Champions League we must score them. Juventus didn’t create so many chances.”

City will also have concerns surrounding skipper Kompany, who suffered a calf injury during the game and was replaced by summer signing Nicolas Otamendi.

Pellegrini has admitted it’s a case of ‘wait and see’ to find out the extent of the injury to his captain.

He added: “We will have to see how Vincent is on Wednesday. We will check and see how serious the injury is.”

City might have to do without Kompany this weekend when they host West Ham at the Etihad on Saturday. The Citizens are 1.25 to claim another three points in the league, 6.00 to draw and 11.00 to lose to a West Ham side who have already beaten Arsenal and Liverpool this season.

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