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Zabaleta: Hart omission a warning shot

3 November 2013 18:18

Pablo Zabaleta claims Joe Hart's omission from the Manchester City starting line-up has served as a warning to the rest of the squad.

The England international goalkeeper was dropped for his side's 7-0 Premier League demolition of Norwich City on Saturday, and Zabaleta feels Manuel Pellegrini has the luxury of being able to choose from two players in every position.

"The manager makes decisions," the defender said. "We know in this team now the performance of everyone should be good week in, week out because we have two players in each position who can play.

"Sometimes mistakes might cost [someone] their place but we are a big squad and we need to try to do well to keep the place in the team."

Zabaleta reserved special praise for the club's attacking players after their Etihad Stadium masterclass against Chris Hughton's men.

"It was a great result, 7-0, especially for the strikers - Kun (Aguero), Negredo, Dzeko. Yaya (Toure scored) another fantastic free-kick," he continued.

"We needed to respond well after the Chelsea defeat. I think it was a great performance by the team."

City currently sit fifth in the Premier League, six points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
2 November 2013
Game week
10
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
4 - 0
Full-time
7 - 0
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47066

Goals

B. Johnson (OG) 16'  
1 - 0
David Silva 20'
(assist by S. Agüero) 
2 - 0
M. Nastasić 25'
(assist by S. Nasri) 
3 - 0
Negredo 36'
(assist by S. Agüero) 
4 - 0
Y. Touré 60'  
5 - 0
S. Agüero 71'  
6 - 0
E. Džeko 86'
(assist by Jesús Navas) 
7 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
10 86'
7
15
1
2
6
13
# Player Bookings
16
31
13
14
18
19
24

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23:21
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22:45
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22:29
21:53
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20:45
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23:51
23:35
23:26
23:00
22:54
22:53
22:41
22:41
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22:17
22:01
22:01
21:53
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +5 6
2 2 +4 6
3 2 +4 6
4 2 +2 6
5 2 +1 4

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