The Citizens are struggling to convince so far this season, and were found wanting defensively at the weekend when they were devastated 3-1 by title rivals Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The defeat—and the crushing nature of the loss—was a massive reality check for City and represented a severe dent for their title hopes.
The Citizens face another one of their title contenders, Tottenham Hotspur, at home on Sunday, and the Chilean coach will need to find a way of solving the side’s defensive problems.
Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi have both struggled to convince in the heart of the defence, while Martin Demichelis is surely not a first-choice solution for a side aiming to clinch the title.
Out-of-work manager Redknapp has revealed what he would have done had he been in Pellegrini’s position and tasked with improving the Sky Blues’ defence.
“If I had been at Man City, I’d have got on the phone on deadline day and tried to take John Terry now. I’d have said, ‘If you ain’t giving him another contract, we’ll take him’,” BT Sport expert Redknapp said, as per the Mirror.
“He could have won the league for Man City,” he continued.
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“When [Vincent] Kompany doesn’t play, the centre-halves keep getting murdered – they can’t keep a clean sheet.
“Whoever has brought in these central defenders, they haven’t bought in good players unfortunately – City are very vulnerable at the back.”