Manchester City media round-up: Zabaleta explains non-appeal for penalty against Burnley

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A round up of news stories this morning related to Manchester City.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has told the Independent why he didn’t question a key decision by the referee during the 1-0 defeat against Burnley.

The right-back appeared to be fouled during the game and denied a stone wall penalty, which could have won City a point.

However, in refreshing manner, the defender picked himself up and got on with the game.

“I did not say anything to the referee - It is something that in England people just don’t like,” he said.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been quoted by the Irish Times suggesting the main reason for the defeat against Burnley.

The title contenders were edged out 1-0 against Sean Dyche’s team over the weekend, which leaves Pellegrini under immense pressure this week.

The Chilean feels there was a main reason why his team couldn’t get over the line during the 90 minutes.

“It was not a problem of effort, the problem was creative. If you look at the stats we had 70 per cent of possession,” he said.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has suggested to the FA’s website that he’s never felt settled as England’s number one.

Hart has suggested that it’s a mistake for him to feel as though the England jersey is his, despite Roy Hodgson consistently selecting him for big games.

Fraser Forster and Ben Foster are two examples of good players putting him under pressure.

“I don’t think you can ever feel established with England. You can enjoy what you’re doing but there’s no point in feeling established,” he said.

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