Date: 24th July 2015 at 6:15pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has said he’s pretty relaxed following our four one defeat to Real Madrid earlier today.

Audio – Pellegrini On Delph Injury – click here)

Playing out the heavy loss in front of 99,000 supporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the gaffer again reiterated his pre game words about the result being secondary to the fitness elements we would gain from the game and the added sharpness players would get from another competitive match scenario.

He also pointed to the players that were missing from the squad for varying reasons, such as Eliaquim Mangala who had to be withdrawn having been taken ill this morning.

It obviously mean Jason Denayer partnered 16 year old Cameron Humphreys in the middle of defence and whilst it will no doubt have been a great experience and learning curve for them both when you put that inexperience up against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema – the scoreline looks a little more understandable.

‘We knew before the game that it was difficult to play against a team with such good attackers without Mangala, Kompany and Demichelis. You must also add the other players who are not here: Bony, Aguero, Fernandinho and Zabaleta. Especially defending, we knew it would be a difficult game. Mangala was sick this morning so he could not play and Kompany is becoming a father again so is not here.’

Pellegrini went on to say that when he factors all the varying circumstances in he can’t be ‘concerned’ about the result because the team wasn’t a true reflection on our best eleven and in any event it’s a pre season game and whilst it’s always better to win, the results aren’t the be all and end all of things at this stage of the year.

‘I`m not concerned as we had a lot of missing players and then a lot of players have also arrived late so they`ve worked just five days. For them, they`re just starting work – it`s important in pre-season to work hard and it`s good to play against important teams but you can`t be worried about winning or losing at this point.’

The major negative from the game was the injury to new signing Fabian Delph who seemed to pick up a hamstring problem early on into his debut.

‘Unfortunately, it looks like Fabian has a problem with his hamstring – we thought it would be useful for him to play 45 minutes but he got the injury so it`s not the best news. We will have a more clear diagnostic from the doctor tomorrow.’

Hopefully tomorrow we’ll find out our England midfielder won’t be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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