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23 Sep 2010 08:38:30

| Submit Comments| Comments (210)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapTOUGH NIGHT: Roberto Mancini at the HawthornsManchester City manager defended his decision to make 11 changes for the Carling Cup defeat against West Brom. Despite taking a half-time lead through Jo, City were undone by two goals in as many second-half minutes. Mancini ended the contest with £100million worth of talent on the pitch, but it was not enough as Boaz Myhill turned away James Milner's last chance at a rescue mission. The City boss might reflect on his decision to select six youngsters in his starting line-up. However, with Chelsea due at Eastlands on Saturday lunchtime, Mancini claimed he had no choice. "I don't regret making the changes," he said. "I have big problems at the moment and we couldn't take any risks. "If I had more players available it would be a different team. "But when you play like us and Chelsea, on Saturday at 12.45, the time to recover is very short. "They would need minimum three days so to play tonight would have been dangerous." Mancini added: "Saturday is more important, the FA Cup is more important. The Europa League is more important. "I did not regard this as a necessary sacrifice. We wanted to win. That is why I had four senior players on the bench. "But I knew there was a chance we could lose because we started with six young players. "I am happy with these guys. We might have lost the game but they can improve. If they do not play tonight, when will they ever play?" Did Mancini make the right call? Have your say. | Submit Comments| Comments (210)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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