City rotation policy proves pivotal

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Roberto Mancini aims to continue the rotation policy that worked so well for Manchester City in last night's League Cup victory over Arsenal.

Sergio Aguero's 83rd minute strike proved the difference between the two sides in a hard-fought affair at the Emirates, with a 1-0 win enough to send the Citizens into the semi-final stage alongside Cardiff City and Liverpool.

With the game only 48 hours after a 1-1 draw at Anfield, Mancini was forced to make several changes to his side as the fixtures start to add-up on the Italian, but it was a performance that pleased the manager.

“I think all the players that played tonight in both squads are good players. We changed all the players, Arsenal the same," he said post-match.

“We have a strong squad, Arsenal have a strong squad, Liverpool the same, Chelsea… all the top teams have a good squad and they can change eight, nine or 10 players, it is normal for the Carling Cup that you change.

“Also, because we played 48 hours ago. Arsenal played on Saturday and for us it was very difficult to play with the same players.

“The season is hard. Now we have two months, December and January that will be crucial because we play top games and every three days. After January we can talk about whether we can win something or not.”

City could be facing a Europa League fixture pile-up should results fail to go their way next week, when Bayern Munich visit the Etihad Stadium in their final Champions League Group A clash.

In the league, Norwich, Chelsea and Arsenal are the coming matches for Mancini's side.

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