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Published: 15:29 | 17/12/15

Pellegrini fears 'ugly' defeats

Manuel Pellegrini has warned his Manchester City side that they cannot afford "ugly" defeats such as the 2-0 loss to Stoke City last Saturday.

City slipped from the top of the Premier League table following the defeat to Mark Hughes' side at the Britannia Stadium, with City defenders Martín Demichelis and Nicolas Otamendi in particular struggling to cope with the pace and trickery of playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and two-goal Marko Arnautovic.

The Chilean acknowledges that the Premier League throws up such results, but warned that his side must show more consistency to secure a third Premier League title in five years.

"You can lose against every team here in England but you can’t lose so ugly,” the 62-year-old said.

"It’s an important thing that we analyse why but I know exactly what to expect from this team every game."

City have been inconsistent in the Premier League this season, beating Chelsea 3-0 and scoring six goals against Newcastle and five against Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium, but also suffering chastening 4-1 defeats to Liverpool and Tottenham.

Pellegrini insists that the defeats to Stoke, Liverpool and Tottenham will not define City's Premier League campaign, and backed his side to bounce back against Swansea at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

"I am disappointed about [those] three games during this season. Just three games," he continued.

"We have played 25 games this season so I don’t like to lose in that way but I hope that was the last one – not the last defeat because you can lose against everyone – but in that sense, yes.”

Pellegrini says captain Vincent Kompany, who has missed City's last six matches with a calf injury. is unlikely to be fit enough to return for the clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 21 December.

"It's difficult for a player just to work three days and to be ready to play," he said.

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