City set to play weakened side
Manuel Pellegrini is sticking to his threat to field a weakened Manchester City side in the FA Cup at Chelsea tomorrow.
City have been frustrated by the scheduling of the game because they have arranged to travel to Ukraine on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev. After flying home following that game they will then have just two full days to prepare for the Capital One Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley.
City wanted the fifth-round trip to Stamford Bridge played today but that proved impossible with Fulham at home across the city and the BBC also choosing to televise the tie.
The club wrote to the Football Association to complain but the outcome of that protest is unknown and Pellegrini appears to be standing by his plan to play youngsters.
Pellegrini said: “I think unfortunately at this moment we have just 13 [senior outfield] players available to play. We have to play Champions League on Wednesday.
“I said if you want to protect the English team in the Champions League the game was [played on] Saturday – but for different reasons we couldn’t play that day.”