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Manuel Pellegrini feels heat as Man City suffer another loss

Tottenham 4-1 Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini appears to be feeling the pressure after twice storming out on journalists following Manchester City's third defeat in four matches.

An exceptional start to the season is beginning to be forgotten after home defeats to Juventus and West Ham were compounded in north London on Saturday.

Unable to follow-up their comfortable Capital One Cup win at Sunderland and hold onto a first-half lead, they returned from Tottenham on the back of a 4-1 defeat with Eric Dier cancelling out Kevin De Bruyne's opener before goals from Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Erik Lamela sealed the win for Spurs.

Pellegrini kept his counsel during the press conference, but his cool exterior dropped when the cameras were off and he spoke to the written press. The City boss stormed off after less than 30 seconds having quickly grown unhappy with questions about his post-match emotions - before making an embarrassing retreat having walked the wrong way.

"If you want to talk about football, we talk about football, if not then no," he said.

Pellegrini would again storm off - this time through the right exit - after an innocuous question about Sergio Aguero's performance, although the City boss did answer a few questions before that.

The Chilean defended his centre-backs after the heavy loss and said that enforced changes rather than under-performing players were the main issue.

"It is difficult to keep a level when you must always make changes," he said. "That is difficult.

"We couldn't continue playing with the same team. We have an important squad and maybe we made important mistakes in the last games."

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