Manchester City boss Pellegrini vows to play strong line-up for Crystal Palace clash

Manchester City host Crystal Palace in the League Cup on Wednesday.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has vowed to play a strong starting line-up when his side host Crystal Palace in the League Cup round of 16 on Wednesday, the Daily Mail report.

With so many key first-team stars missing at present, many have speculated that City will start a number of fringe players and youngsters on Wednesday in a bid to avoid further injuries.

However, speaking to reporters, including those from the Express, ahead of the clash with the Eagles, Pellegrini has talked up the importance of winning the trophy in front of a sold-out Wembley and vowed to play his strongest side possible.

“We are trying to have a starting XI tomorrow that is the best we can do in this moment,” he explained.

"It's not easy because we have so many players with injuries and maybe a few players are playing a lot of games. But for our team it is important to try to continue in the Capital One Cup.”

"When you play the final of a cup at Wembley with 90,000 people, I think it's always a very important cup."

The latter stages prompt a shift in mentality:

During the first few rounds of the League Cup, arguably the majority of the Premier League’s clubs opt to make big changes and rest key players for the more important league fixtures.

However, during the latter stages there becomes a clear shift in mentality ahead of the matches as the possibility of reaching Wembley and adding silverware grows.

City, should they beat Palace, would only need to navigate themselves through a further three matches in order to reach Wembley and give themselves the chance to be crowned champions.

In spite of their growing injury problems, City have one of the biggest and strongest squads available, with enough quality to see off their upcoming opponents and go all the way.

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