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Pellegrini admits concern over Hart mistakes

Created on Oct. 03, 2013 11:45 AM EST

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was "worried" by Joe Hart's performance in the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.

The England international came under fire following the UEFA Champions League Group D fixture, after first fumbling Franck Ribery's 25-yard effort for Bayern's opener before being beaten easily at his near post by Arjen Robben for the third.

 It capped a disappointing evening for City at the Etihad Stadium, after they were outplayed for the most part by the reigning Bundesliga and European champions.

And Pellegrini conceded that he was concerned by Hart's errors, although he believes that the team as a whole must take responsibility for the goals they conceded.

"Of course I am worried about the mistakes," the City boss said.

"(But) the three goals, I think we can do better, not only the goalkeeper."

Hart's team-mate Micah Richards also faced scrutiny after Wednesday's loss, after enduring a torrid evening against Ribery.

His inclusion ahead of Pablo Zabaleta at full-back raised some eyebrows, but Pellegrini exonerated the 25-year-old of blame. 

He added: "I don't think Ribery was the key factor to win the game.

"I don't think Micah Richards has the responsibility - the same as all the other players, but I don't think he has any special problems."

Pellegrini's side have now suffered back-to-back defeats, with the Bayern setback following a 3-2 reverse to Aston Villa last Saturday.

The City boss now faces the task of revitalising his squad for the visit of Roberto Martinez's Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

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