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Manuel Pellegrini defends Joe Hart decision

Manuel Pellegrini defends his decision to drop Joe Hart for their 4-2 win at Hull City by saying that it was "better for the team".

Manuel Pellegrini has defended his decision to drop Joe Hart for Manchester City's 4-2 win away at Hull City yesterday.

Hart was expected to regain his place in the side after being rested for the 7-0 mauling of Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, but Pellegrini installed Willy Caballero between the sticks for the second game running.

There are question marks as to when Hart will return to the side, after being dropped for a period of games last season by Pellegrini following a series of high-profile mistakes.

"I think for Willy it was good to play not just one game but to play two in a row," the City manager told Sky Sports after the game.

"Joe played eight games in 32 days, a lot of games for a goalkeeper. I have a squad of 22, 23 players and I make rotations because I think it is better for the team.

"In this case I think it was good for Willy."

Pellegrini will have to decide who to play in goal on Tuesday, when they host Roma in the Champions League.

Man City's Joe Hart in action against Viktoria Plzen during their Champions League group match on November 27, 2013
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