Pellegrini set to make Joe Hart number one again

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is set to reinstate Joe Hart as his number one goalkeeper.

The 26-year old hasn't started a Premier League game since the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea back in October but he will play tonight against Bayern Munich, and a good display could see him feature in the clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

Pellegrini said: "“For Joe it’s a very important game. I am not thinking about the past, but about the future. I’m absolutely sure about him and I trust in him.”

Hart endured a torrid evening the last time City faced Bayern, and he was subsequently axed from the first team.

Costel Pantillimon impressed with his performances but it looks as though Hart may earn his number one spot back sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile Pellegrini insisted that the game in Munich still matters, and he said: "Of course this game is important.

"We have qualified already but it is important to improve on what we did against Bayern at home as we didn't play well in that game."

Bayern go into the match against Pellegrini's men with a 100% record in Group D, and City will have to win by at least three goals if they are to usurp Munich's position at the top of the group, and the Chilean manager says he will not rest his star players.

He said: "We will see what is best in terms of who starts the game.

"We will not sacrifice the game. Whether it’s a dead rubber or not, you go out and try to play as well as you can."

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