Manchester City morning news: Pellegrini defends Toure, why Zabaleta isn't confident

A round up of news stories this morning about Manchester City.

Manuel Pellegrini says he’s not worried about Yaya Toure’s lack of form this season.

The midfielder has not been able to rediscover the form he showed as City won the title last time round.

“I don't agree that Yaya has had a bad season. Maybe if you compare his performances this year to last season, when he had a brilliant performance, maybe he just needs time to get back to that level,” said the Chilean.

Pablo Zabaleta says his team are not contenders for the Champions League title.

The Argentine right-back has suggested the side needs time as they learn how to play in Europe.

“No, it takes time, it takes time. We know that we are a team, a club that has been improving these last few years,” he said.

Fernandinho says he doesn’t think CSKA’s stadium ban is an advantage for Manchester City.

The Russian club are being forced to play the game behind closed doors due to the racist abuse from their fans in recent games.

“I don't think it will be an advantage for us. It's always good when you play away because the home fans support their team and it gives you more motivation to play well. I don't think this [a closed stadium] is good for either team,” he told the Mirror.

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