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Pellegrini plans changes at Blackburn

Manuel Pellegrini is determined to keep Manchester City firing on all fronts, even though he will make changes for Blackburn today.

City begin their fourth trophy challenge of the season as they travel to the Championship side in the third round of the FA Cup

They are well placed in all the others, being second in the Premier League, through to the last 16 of the Champions League and into the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Pellegrini wants to add the FA Cup to his list of targets, but after four games in 12 days over Christmas and a League Cup date with West Ham next Wednesday, he must utilise his squad.

He said: "We are going to make changes because we are playing too often in the last (few) weeks.

"We are going to try to have a good squad and to win the first game in our FA Cup (campaign) because for our team it is an important cup.

"I said from the beginning of the season, if we are going to play in every competition, we must play with exactly the same importance.

"The FA Cup is a very traditional competition here in England and in every country of Europe the cup is always an important competition.

"I just told the players it an important test, not only for the team, but for individual performances.

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"Some players will have the chance to play now in the FA Cup.

"As I said with the Capital One (Cup), both cups finish at Wembley and to finish at Wembley with a final is important for every team."

Pellegrini is pleased with where his side stand at the midpoint of the season, but knows there are more important tests to come.

He said: "I am very happy because in all the competitions we are playing, we are in a good moment. It was a good first half of the season to prepare for what we must win, but we must win important things in the second (half) to be a successful season."

One player who could feature at Blackburn is defender Joleon Lescott, whose future has been the subject of speculation. Midfielder Jack Rodwell will miss the Blackburn game with a hamstring injury.


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