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."

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