Man City boss Pellegrini plays down Hart snub

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has played down his decision to hand Willy Cabellero his Premier League debut in place of England No.1 Joe Hart for Saturday’s 4-2 victory at Hull.Argentina international Cabellero was brought to the Etihad Stadium in a £6million deal from La Liga outfit, and Pellegrini’s former side, Malaga this summer to push Hart for his starting spot.And, having played between the sticks and kept a clean sheet in City’s emphatic 7-0 League Cup triumph over Sheffield Wednesday, he was chosen to start for their trip to the KC Stadium, with Hart looking on from the bench.However, Pellegrini insisted the decision was made in the best interests of the team.“I think for Willy it was good to play not just one game but to play two in a row,” said the Chilean“Joe played eight games in 32 days, a lot of games for a goalkeeper. I have a squad of 22 or 23 players and I make rotations because I think it is better for the team.“In this case I think it was good for Willy.”Two goals from Edin Dzeko ensured the defending Premier League champions overcame the resilient Tigers, who clawed their way back to 2-2 with an Eliaquim Mangala own goal and Abel Hernandez’s penalty having found themselves two-down in the first-half.But late strikes from Dzeko and Frank Lampard sealed what was a comfortable win in the end, and Pellegrini said he never doubted the result.“I really was very calm because I don’t think it was the rightful score in the first half,” the City boss added.“You must have personality and character when that happens to try and return to normal.“I felt during half-time the players were clear about what happened, it was not that we were playing badly.“The way we started I felt we were going to win the game in the second half and we did. I was very happy about that.”last_img read more