David Platt has hit back at accusations that Manchester City have been too negative this season.
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Roberto Mancini’s team were especially criticised in the wake of dour home stalemates against Manchester United and Birmingham last November, while the goalless draw at Arsenal in early January was also a match to forget.
City’s unadventurous approach in their last outing before the international break, a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, who had lost 1-0 at Eastlands in September, has again been condemned.
But first-team coach Platt has attributed City’s on-field approach to fixture congestion and a necessity to defend.
"Chelsea came to our place and we beat them, Platt told the Manchester Evening News
"We had just come out of a great many games when we played them away.
"We went to Arsenal and they didn’t really trouble us after 20 minutes once we had swapped the formation around a little bit.
"When the opposition has the ball you have to defend and that is what we have done all season.
"What we haven’t been able to do, both at Arsenal and Chelsea, was get a foothold in the game offensively other than those early periods in each half at Chelsea.
"People can level these things at you but when the opposition has the ball you have to defend."