Joe Hart has backed skipper Vincent Kompany to benefit from being rested from the starting line-up against Leicester in midweek.
The England keeper experienced a similar situation last season when he was replaced by Costel Pantilimon for several games but returned and quickly rediscovered his best form and hasn’t looked back since.
This morning, the Daily Mail focus on his positive comments regarding the captain.
They write: “Joe Hart believes that Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will benefit from being axed by manager Manuel Pellegrini.
“Kompany was dropped to the bench for Wednesday’s home win over Leicester City after some below-par performances.
“Hart knows how the Belgium defender is feeling after he was left out for seven league games last season following a loss of form. But the England keeper is confident Kompany will come back stronger for the experience.
“Hart said: ‘Vinny appreciates, same as we all do, that sometimes the manager will change the squad.
‘There is no-one destined to play every single game — I’ve learned that lesson. Vinny is an unbelievable player, one of the best I have ever played with, and that was his night off.
I’m sure he will be back in the team again with that captain’s armband, being one of the best defenders in world football
On day when City-related stories – ones that aren’t either fantasy or space fillers – the Daily Star carry the latest quotes from a City player insisting the title race will go to the wire.
They report: “Reigning Premier League champions are currently five points behind the Blues, who have a game in hand on Manuel Pellegrini's men.
“But despite the gap, Nasri, who moved to the Etihad in 2011, believes the title is not in Chelsea's hands just yet.
‘The Premier League is far, far, far from over,’ he said. ‘We were eight points behind Manchester United in 2012 and we caught them.
‘At some point Chelsea will drop points, especially if they continue in the Champions League.”
Well said, Samir. More gossip and rumour tomorrow…