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Manchester City boss Pellegrini warns Hart over form

The England goalkeeper has started the new season shakily, conceding twice from corners against Cardiff City, and the Chilean says that he must be picked on form, not reputation

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned goalkeeper Joe Hart that he needs to rediscover his form if he is to remain first choice.

The England No.1 was not at his best on Sunday, beaten twice from corners as his side fell to a 3-2 defeat against newly promoted Cardiff City, though he retained his place to face Hull City Tigers on Saturday.

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"For the moment Joe will continue being our goalkeeper but I spoke with him and he knows he must be on his top form again quickly," Pellegrini told the media.

"I said from the beginning my teams never play with names, they play with performance. Joe knows he needs good performances in the next games.

"We know Joe has a difficult moment but players need trust in those moments. At the moment he has all the trust."

Pellegrini believes that the Three Lions keeper can continue to improve with the help of goalkeeping coach Xabi Mancisidor, however.

"Joe is a young goalkeeper," he continued. "He reached the top in England here maybe too young and he needs a lot of things to improve. Xabi will do it."

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