Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony has accused Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini of favouritism after the Chilean picked an unfit Sergio Aguero ahead of him for the tie against Arsenal on Monday.
Aguero came straight back into the City team after three weeks out injured, but was off the pace and only lasted 63 minutes.
Bony who had been in good form since the absence of the prolific Argentine after the game expressed how “disappointed” he was to have been dropped for a team-mate who was not 100 per cent fit.
“I am disappointed that I didn’t start. He (Aguero) is coming back from injury. He hasn’t played for a couple of weeks.
“Everyone on the team wants to play, but the coach has to choose 11 players. Everyone must be ready to give 100 per cent. That is my feeling.
“The coach does what he thinks is best for the team,” Bony said. “I am sure everyone on the bench wants to play. He just has to choose 11 players. So when I come on, I just try to do my best to try to score, or give an assist, to help the team to win.” Bony said as quoted on the Independent.
The decision to field Aguero by Pallegrini made very clear to Bony where he stands in the pecking order at City. His reaction raises serious questions about Pellegrini’s man-management skills.