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Saturday 18 August 2018
Pellegrini the Charmer shows his Ruthless Side!
Manuel Pellegrini has sent out a strong message to his players by imposing three changes for today's clash with Bournemouth.
At the back, he sticks with the Balbuena-Ogbonna partnership that 'enjoyed' a torrid time at Anfield. Zabaleta comes in to shore up at right back, while Masuaku can feel a bit fortunate to hold onto his place ahead of Aaron Cresswell. Ryan Fredericks, who looked so impressive in pre-season, is totally absent from the matchday squad!
In midfield, Robert Snodgras comes in as poor Declan Rice has been jettisoned out of the picture and is not even on the bench as Carlos Sanchez and Pedro Obiag are the reserve midfielders.
Up front, Antonio is also completely out of the picture as we get a chance to look at the tantalising Arnie-Hernandez pairing that has had very little opportunity so far in the 13 months they have shared at the club... Eddie Howe's Bournemouth won against Cardiff last week.