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Pellegrini urges Hart to improve form

October 4, 2013

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned Joe Hart that replacement goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is ready to step in if he doesn’t improve.

Hart was at fault for two goals in the 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, adding to a growing list of errors in recent months.

Pellegrini insists Hart still has the trust of the City players but is confident Pantilimon, who is yet to start in the English Premier League, can fill his shoes.

He says, “Joe knows he must improve the way he is playing but he has our trust.”

Pellegrini adds, “Pantilimon is working hard and I am absolutely sure, if it is tomorrow or another game and he must play, he will do well.”

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