Jamie Redknapp: 'Manchester City are not respecting opponents'

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini watches the action during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at Upton Park in London on February 11, 2014
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Jamie Redknapp feels that Manchester City may have become complacent following their Premier League title win last season.

Jamie Redknapp has expressed his belief that a "lack of respect" for their opponents is to blame for Manchester City's stuttering start to the Premier League season.

The Citizens lost their second match of the campaign as they were defeated 2-1 by West Ham United at Upton Park, as defensive errors allowed Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho to fire the Hammers to the three points.

Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail: "The way Man City are at the minute, you have to wonder if they'll go the same way as the last time they won the title. When Roberto Mancini won in 2012, they couldn't replicate it the next season, struggling in the Champions League and finishing 11 points behind Man United.

"If that was a bad defence to their title then, if City aren't careful, this one could be even worse. They are already in danger of going out of the Champions League and have four fewer points than they did at the same stage in 2012-13.

"You wonder if, having won the title the previous year, they don't show enough respect to some opposition. That certainly looked the case against West Ham on Saturday. That combined with some sloppy defending and individual errors must be worrying for them."

City are currently third in the Premier League, but they trail leaders Chelsea by six points after nine matches.

Manchester City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini watches the action during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at Upton Park in London on February 11, 2014
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