English Premiership

Zabaleta leaps to manager's defence

2015-04-28 13:01
Pablo Zabaleta (Supplied)

Cape Town - Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has come to the defence of his manager, Manuel Pellegrini, saying he does not receive the respect he deserves.

The beleaguered Chilean boss has come in for a heap of criticism after City's failure to win any silverware this season was highlighted by the capitulation of their title challenge in recent weeks.

Zabaleta admitted the season has been a disappointing one, but disagrees it has been the total disaster being widely reported.

"The manager deserves more respect from everyone," the Argentine fullback told Sky Sports.

"He came here last season; he won the league and the Capital One Cup.

"We cannot blame just the manager for this moment. Individual players have also not been great in the whole season.

"Everyone is responsible - when you don't win titles it can be a little bit frustrating for everyone.

"Now is not the time to be thinking about what went wrong this season, it's just the time to finish as good as we can. Then we'll see what happens.

"It's not for me to say what should and should not happen. For the players, the owners, the manager and the staff, we are 100 per cent focused on what we are doing now.

"Then at the end of the season the right people will analyse what went wrong. The people responsible in every part of the club will decide what is best for the future.

"When you look at the team, with the players we've got you expect to play much better football. We must be honest with ourselves and recognise that it was not our best season.

"Sometimes football is like that but at City it seems one disappointing season is like a disaster.

"Maybe it's because we've won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, the Capital One.

"Now it seems like because we have not won something it's a disaster and we have to change seven or eight players, the manager. That's what people say."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.