Pablo Zabaleta feels pressure for first-team places

Zabaleta feels pressure for first-team places
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Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta admits that there is pressure to perform for a first-team place at the club.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has admitted that he feels the pressure of having to perform in order to keep his first-team place at the Etihad Stadium.

The Argentine insists that the dropping of Joe Hart serves as a reminder of the high standards at City under Manuel Pellegrini.

Hart was replaced by Costel Pantilimon after a number of errors this season and Zabaleta understands that it could happen to anyone in the squad.

"Well, you know, that is football. The manager makes decisions," Zabaleta told reporters.

"We know in this team now the performance of everyone should be good week in, week out because we have two players in each position who can play.

"Sometimes mistakes might cost the place but we are a big squad and we need to try to do well to keep the place in the team."

City face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva and Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrate their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchest
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