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Pellegrini ponders dropping hapless Hart


Manuel Pellegrini has put his trust in goalkeeper Joe Hart

Manuel Pellegrini has put his trust in goalkeeper Joe Hart

Manuel Pellegrini has put his trust in goalkeeper Joe Hart

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists he still has faith in Joe Hart but is yet to decide if he will start against Everton today.

City and England goalkeeper Hart is under intense scrutiny after another error-strewn performance in Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.

England manager Roy Hodgson has given the 26-year-old his backing ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

Pellegrini is also supportive but claims he has made no selection decision. The Chilean said yesterday: "I will decide tomorrow if he starts.

"I don't tell you now if Joe will play tomorrow because the players don't know yet, but tomorrow I decide.

"Of course Joe knows he must improve the way he is playing but he has our trust."

It has been claimed that a lack of serious competition for his place at City and with England could be a factor in Hart's poor form but Pellegrini disagrees.

He said: "Costel Pantilimon (at Man City) is also a very good goalkeeper, he has all the rights to play.

"He is working hard and I am sure, if it is tomorrow or another game and he must play, he will do well."

Regardless of that, Pellegrini is confident Hart will bounce back.

The 60-year-old said: "Of course, he feels that he didn't do very well but I think he doesn't have any problem.

"He continues with the trust of all the team and with our trust so we hope he will recover soon from what he did last match."

Pellegrini is concerned about the goals conceded in the past week but insists his players have not lost focus since their derby defeat of Manchester United last month, when it seemed they had hit top gear.

He said: "We won here against Manchester United and I told all the players that we had to start again from the beginning.

"We lost against Aston Villa but I think we played well. I am sure nothing that happened last Wednesday we are going to repeat."