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Injury-hit Man City have lost their ‘balance’ ahead of Newcastle clash

Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini

The international break can’t come soon enough for Manuel Pellegrini.

Manchester City’s manager is without a number of players for Saturday’s game against Newcastle United.

And Pellegrini - whose side beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League last night - wants the two-week break in order to regroup.

But first his depleted, but expensively-assembled, squad must take on winless Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium.

City have lost their last two Premier League games – and top spot to rivals Manchester United – and Pellegrini has stressed the importance of taking all three points.

“Now we need the international break, because we have eight injured players and we don’t have many options,” said Pellegrini.

“It is important for the players to beat Newcastle on Saturday, and then after that we have 15 days.”

Meanwhile, City goalkeeper Joe Hart feels the team was better “balanced” in the early weeks of the campaign.

“The win is important and we really need to improve, but as badly as we played I think we still deserved to win,” said Hart.

“We need to get back to the first five games of the Premier League, where we were more of a balanced team. We were a bit imbalanced.

“But the season is a long season, so you have got different stages. Hopefully, that will put us in a good place for the Newcastle game.”