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Thursday 24 August 2017

Pellegrini: 'Extra rest to help us'

Manuel Pellegrini Photo: PA
Manuel Pellegrini Photo: PA

Manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his Manchester City side will benefit from going into tomorrow's Premier League game at home to neighbours Manchester United with an extra 48 hours rest behind them.

City reached the Champions League quarter-finals - where they will face Paris St Germain next month - by eliminating Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday while United were knocked out of the Europa League two days later by bitter rivals Liverpool.

"If you have 24-48 hours more rest it's important, it's not a decisive thing for the game but you can prepare better," Pellegrini said. "That's the problem with the Europa League. You play on Thursday, it's not easy to prepare."

Fourth-placed City are 12 points behind leaders Leicester City with a game in hand but Pellegrini refuses to rule out his team's title chances. Captain Vincent Kompany will be sidelined for around a month with a calf problem but Otamendi could be fit to return against sixth-placed United.

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