Abraham Lincoln's famous quote -- "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday" -- seems appropriate to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini after Liverpool's 2-1 victory over City on Sunday struck a blow to their title ambitions.
Pellegrini, who brought such barnstorming football to the Etihad last season, seems to have lost himself in a narrow streak of tactical stubbornness. In the process, he may also be losing crucial backing among City's bedrock support.
MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts from the Etihad Stadium after Manchester City claimed a 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Wednesday.
1. Manchester City back to winning ways
This was the calm after the storm for Manchester City. They had suffered twin defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool. A third successive setback would have rendered this their worst run since 2010 and heightened the scrutiny on the under-pressure Manuel Pellegrini. Yet at times such as these, the easiest fixture...
David Silva and James Milner struck late in each half as under-fire reigning champions Manchester City grabbed a scrappy but much-needed 2-0 win over Leicester in the Premier League.
Silva pounced from close range to put City ahead after an unconvincing start at the Etihad Stadium and Milner came off the bench to settle nerves in the last minute.
It was far from a fluent display from City but the result will at least take some of the heat off manager Manuel Pellegrini after a testing few days.