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Pellegrini fears ‘dangerous’ Newcastle as Manchester City pair return but four injured

8 years ago

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that both Raheem Sterling and Vincent Kompany are available once again as Manchester City travel to Tyneside.

The Manchester City boss has indicated that Kompany is a potential starter against Newcastle but Sterling likely to be on the bench at best.

However, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, David Silva and Samir Nasri are all set to miss Tuesday night’s game.

Pellegrini says that ‘Newcastle are very dangerous’ and ‘have good players’, added to which St James Park is a ‘difficult place to play’.

Hopefully the confidence gained from the win over Swansea will be a big help in helping Newcastle’s ‘good players’ play to nearer their potential and a point would be a great result after picking up three at the weekend.

Newcastle picked up a couple of cheap goals on Saturday for a change and it would be great to see the luck change against Manchester City, the Cheick Tiote disallowed goal one of the biggest injustices of recent times.

United have a truly horrendous record against Tuesday’s visitors and with it being eight years since the last Premier League point when playing Manchester City and 11 years since the last league win, we are slightly overdue….

Manuel Pellegrini:

“Kompany has been injured so the other defenders have done well, but he will be an important help for the defence.

“He (Sterling) is coming back from an important injury, we’ll see if he can play some minutes.

“Nasri played 90 minutes at the weekend and then another 75, maybe it was too much. He was feeling well, it’s a small muscle injury, it’s not too important, we’ll see how many days.

“The team are just focused on what we need to do, we need a Champions League spot for next season, and to focus on Real in the semi final.

Newcastle are very dangerous, they have good players, St James’ is a difficult place to play. They need the points in their survival battle. I hope we continue as we did on Saturday, being aggressive and trying to win from the beginning.”

“It’s not depending on what Newcastle can do. We must continue the way we played on Saturday, solid, keeping a clean sheet and scoring goals. If we continue like that it doesn’t matter who we play.”


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