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Manchester City Suffer Bigger Loss Than The UCL Match

Manchester City FC head coach Manuel Pellegrini looks dejected at the end of the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Juventus and Manchester City FC at Juventus Arena on November 25, 2015 in Turin, Italy.
Manchester City Suffer Bigger Loss Than The UCL Match

Manchester City lost another Champions League match today against Juventus. Although the result was a only a narrow loss for City, today’s loss could mean much worse for City in the coming weeks. Manuel Pellegrini took a risk on Wednesday by playing a few players that would have probably been better off with a rest. However, with all of the injury concerns, Pellegrini could not have foreseen an injury that has City fans stressing.

Manchester City lost Joe Hart to a hamstring injury and he had to be subbed off late in the match. The England International is probably out at least a few weeks. If you have been keeping up with the Citizens over the last few games, Hart has been one of the only bright spots. His saves and pressure on attacking players saved City from further embarrassment against Liverpool and kept the game within reach at Juventus. Losing Hart may be a bigger loss than David Silva or Vincent Kompany.

Manchester City risked some of their big names in a midweek match with a Premier League fixture coming on Saturday against Hull City. I know Hull is not the biggest opponent City will face, but with Manchester United and Arsenal winning and overtaking City in the EPL, winning in the domestic league should be important and crucial for City. Sergio Agüero played 68 minutes before coming off and looked good but playing him midweek in a competition in which City have already progressed in, may be a mistake if the Argentine picks up an injury this weekend. Gael Clichy played all 90 minutes of the match even with coming back from injury. City will be hoping that Clichy did not pick up any knocks during the match,

One positive of the match is that Fabian Delph featured as a substitute and looked right at home in the City midfield. Those minutes could help City build some depth later in the season. Delph will be a crucial part of his argument that he deserved some first team minutes over the established starters. Let’s see if Delph gets the nod to start on Saturday.

Should City be concerned with the Joe Hart’s injury? Will it hurt them in the EPL? Let us know your thoughts down below!

 

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