Manuel Pellegrini referees intentionally badly in training sessions to maintain City's discipline

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Manuel Pellegrini has hit upon an innovative way to ensure his Manchester City side avoids picking up needless red cards during games.

The Sky Blues are yet to receive a single dismissal in the Premier League so far this term - a statistic that could prove crucial as the fixtures begin to pile up towards the end of the season.

And the Chilean has found a unique way to combat the problem of red cards and the suspensions that come with them - by intentionally officiating badly during training sessions.


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According to the Mirror's Row Zed, Pellegrini makes rash decisions and blatant errors as a stand-in referee to ensure his players remain disciplined and calm during Premier League clashes.

The 62-year-old explained: "The players know that we referee badly. We try to make plenty of mistakes so that they forget about the refs in proper games.

"We’re trying to prepare them psychologically because refereeing errors are important during games.

"In a real game, referees make mistakes. The most important thing is to keep playing until you hear the whistle."

Pellegrini also revealed players are punished with push-ups, rather than yellow or red cards, if they fail to heed his warnings about playing to the whistle.

Boasting a managerial career that goes back to the 1980s with over ten different teams, including Real Madrid, Pellegrini brings a wealth of experience to the Etihad.

Whether that will be enough to silence speculation linking Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola with his job at City remains to be seen.

Much could depend on the Sky Blues’ European and Premier League endeavours.

In the last-16 of the Champions League for a third consecutive season under the Chilean, the Citizens face Dynamo Kiev next month in a game many will expect them to win.

Meanwhile, in the Premier League, City are favourites to reclaim the Premier League crown, with Arsenal and Leicester City their closest rivals.

A third English title, coupled with a decent run in Europe's elite competition, could see the Chilean retain his position as manager at the Etihad.

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