City set to play weak­ened side

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOOTBALL -

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.”

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