Manuel Pellegrini has told Manchester City and England number one Joe Hart he should expect to miss games this season as the City boss rotates his squad through four competitions, Sky
Hart’s place was called into question last season after a series of high profile blunders ultimately ended in him being dropped for Costel Pantilimon – before the England stopper was recalled to enjoy a strong second half of the season.
However Pellegrini has bought in Willy Caballero – who he managed at Malaga – with the keeper being mooted for a debut soon after Hart was partly culpable for Stoke City’s winner last weekend.
But while the Chilean boss refused to drop Hart on single errors, he did warn the 27-year-old to expect rotation throughout the season.
He said: “Of course Willy Caballero can be in any team, he’s a very good goalkeeper. In this moment I’m playing Joe Hart but he will have his opportunity soon.
“Willy has a good career behind him. It’s important to have competition in every position in the team, not just with Joe Hart and Willy Caballero.
“Replacing Joe Hart with Willy Caballero doesn’t make a difference – just as (replacing) Zabaleta with Sagna or Mangala with Demichelis or Dzeko with Aguero, it’s exactly the same.
“We need a squad if we want to win something.”
City are facing a crunch week of games – travelling to Arsenal today before playing Bayern Munich in their Champions League opener and then welcoming Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium.
Pellegrini is expected to utilise the majority of his squad for the high intensity games in addition to the limited squad size they are allowed in the Champions League.
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