Manuel Pellegrini: 'We have improved defensively'

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 29, 2014
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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini claims that his side have become better defensively as the season has progressed.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes that his side have improved defensively in the second half of the season.

City started the campaign in free-scoring style, leaving them open at the back, but since February they have conceded just three goals in the league much to the delight of their manager.

Pellegrini told reporters: "We tried from the beginning of the season to play attractive football and be an offensive and creative team. Maybe at the beginning we conceded too many goals.

"In the second half of the season we improved in defence and are at the moment are a very balanced team."

City are four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after 31 games this season, but they do have two games in hand on Brendan Rodgers's side.

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