Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini defends lack of English players

Thursday August 14th, 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has defended his decision to play a starting 11 of all non-English players in the Community Shield against Arsenal.

"In every competitive squad, it's difficult for all the players to have a chance in the XI," Pellegrini told BBC Sport. "Why do you always talk about Manchester City? Arsenal won the FA Cup with one England player."

This summer, only one of City's signings, Frank Lampard, who is on loan from New York City FC, is from England. Pellegrini has also added Argentina's Bruno Zuculini and Willy Caballero, Brazil's Fernando, and France's Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna.​

During the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, four English players started the match on the bench, though Micah Richards, James Milner and Scott Sinclair all came on as substitutes. 

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From BBC Sport:

"I don't know what the difference is between Hart and Caballero and Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis, or Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov," Pellegrini said.

"I always pick the best team for every game. We have a strong squad with two good players in each position."

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