Manchester City will be out to put their Liverpool horror show behind them when they take on Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men were outclassed on their home-turf on Saturday, going down 4-1 to the Reds. The result knocked City off the top spot and placed the spotlight firmly on the Chilean boss and his team.
Pellegrini has insisted however that the result is behind the club and has urged his played to how make a statement against the Italian champions.
“We played a very bad game [against Liverpool] but that [inquest] finished [in training] on Sunday morning” the former Malaga manager told reporters ahead of the clash in Turin.
“A lot of things went wrong but it doesn’t matter to analyse at this moment. It was a fake game and it more important to think about the future and have our minds on the next game.
“This is a different competition and a different game and we hope to return to our normal performance.
The good news for City is that they have already qualified for the knock out stages of the competition however they will still be plenty to play for with Juventus victors at the Etihad on the opening match-day.
City are a point ahead of the Old Lady and a win would ensure top spot in the group and perhaps a more favourable clash in the last 16.
Pellegrini will be without a number of players with captain Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Samir Nasri, and Wilfried Bony all sidelines. The quartet have been joined by Eliaquim Mangala and Pablo Zabaleta.
Sergio Aguero scored on his return to action against the Reds following a month out, however it remains to be seen if Pellegrini’s risks his star man from the start with qualification secure and crunch clash with Southampton looming.