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Manchester City go into tomorrow’s Premier League encounter with Everton smarting from a footballing education at the hands of Bayern Munich on Wednesday; and the question on everyone’s lips is will Joe Hart keep his place in goal?
Speaking at his pre-match press conference earlier today, Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini revealed he is yet to decide whether it will be Hart or Costel Pantilimon who pulls on the gloves in the weekend’s early kick-off.
In quotes published by Sky Sports, the Chilean said, “Of course Joe knows he must improve the way he is playing, but he has our trust. Tomorrow I will decide.”
Despite the criticism aimed at the England ‘keeper after the Bayern match, Pellegrini reminded the press that the result was the fault of more than one man.
“The three goals we conceded against Bayern were not only Joe Hart’s responsibility for what happened,” the manager added.
As City fans wait to see who will play in goal against Everton, they can be pleased with the news that Stevan Jovetic is fit, while David Silva is likely to play his first league game for over a month.
The Toffees are unable to field Gareth Barry against his parent club, and also have doubts over Darron Gibson and Kevin Mirallas.
With the 3-1 defeat to Bayern still fresh in the City players’ minds, Alvaro Negredo has told the Manchester Evening News that he could not take any positives from the match.
“My goal didn’t serve for anything, so I can’t be happy about it,” the striker said. “It was a bad game for us and we can’t take any positives because there weren’t any. They dominated, they had chances, got three goals.”
Sometimes it really is that simple. But City will have taken plenty from Wednesday’s match, and despite suffering now, it could prove to be a lesson learned and a night not to be repeated.
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