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Published: 15:22 | 19/2/16

Pellegrini puts Europe first


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is unhappy with the scheduling of his side's FA Cup fifth round tie.

City face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the day before they are due to fly to Kiev for the Champions League last-16 first leg game against Dynamo Kiev.

With just 13 players available for the trip to Stamford Bridge, Pellegrini has intimated that he will bring in some youngsters from Elite Development Squad as he aims to keep his squad fresh for the Champions League tie as well as the Capital One Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday week.

Pellegrini has taken the decision to prioritise the Champions League and believes the powers that be could have done more for his side.

"It’s a very big problem. It’s a big problem. Maybe it’s not so big if we can play on Saturday, but as we couldn’t do it, of course for Sunday it’s a major problem," Pellegrini said ahead of the weekend's game.

"Unfortunately at this moment we have just 13 players available to play. We have to play Champions League on Wednesday, so we’ll see what will be the best team we can put on the pitch for the FA Cup, which we should have played on Saturday.

"I think if you want to protect the English team in the Champions League, you should play Saturday. But for different reasons, we couldn’t play that day, so we’ll see on Sunday which is the best team.”



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