Pellegrini plays down Kompany loss

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has brushed aside claims that his team will struggle to repel Borussia Monchengladbach without the services of centreback Vincent Kompany.

The City skipper will miss the Tuesday’s Champions League Group D clash in Manchester with an injured calf.

"Over the whole season, there are a lot of games that we play without our important players," he told BBC Sport.

"Last season we played the last six games without Vincent Kompany and we won all six and kept four clean sheets.

"Against Stuttgart (in a pre-season friendly) we played with Vincent Kompany and we conceded four goals. It is not just one player."

While City have already sewed up second place to qualify for round two, they could be drawn to face Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Pellegrini admitted that he would prefer to avoid one of the big names and intends to field a full strength team on Tuesday.

City currently trail group leaders Juventus by three and need the Italian side to drop points against Sevilla to have any hope of usurping first place.

"It is important for us to do our task, to win the game and then see what happens with Juventus," City he said.

"The most important thing is to qualify, but once you have done that you have to finish at the top, so there are not too many players to rest, maybe one or two."

Apart from Kompany; Pellegrini will also have to make do without striker Sergio Aguero, defender Martin Demichelis and midfielder Samir Nasri, who are also out injured.

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