Nov 27, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
4-2
PlzenViktoria Plzen
Aguero (33' pen.), Nasri (66'), Negredo (78'), Dzeko (89')
Milner (40'), Demichelis (72'), Toure (92')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Horava (43'), Tecl (69')
Cisovsky (49')

Manuel Pellegrini worried by defensive frailty

Manuel Pellegrini says that Manchester City need to learn how to defend as a team following last night's 4-2 victory over Viktoria Plzen.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has expressed concerns regarding his team's defensive display against Viktoria Plzen.

The Citizens were twice pegged back by the Czech outfit, but eventually prevailed 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium last night.

City have now conceded two goals in each of their last three European games, and the Chilean believes that the problem lies with the whole team and not just the backline.

"I'm satisfied because we won the game but we didn't play well, we didn't play with intensity," he told reporters.

"One of the most important things to being an attacking team is knowing how to defend and I think on that front, we did very bad.

"I am not talking about just [Micah] Richards and [Joleon] Lescott, I am talking about the whole team. The whole team must know how to defend. We didn't have the intensity or the pace today to do it and I am not talking about individual players."

A trip to the home of reigning champions Bayern Munich awaits City in their final match of the Champions League group stage.

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini on the touchline against Viktoria Plzen during his team's Champions League group match on November 27, 2013
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