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Given a rare start, Garcia did not cover himself in glory here.
There are legitimate, sound reasons why Manchester City manager Pellegrini fielded an XI for an FA Cup quarter-final without his best centre-back, his best midfield playmaker, his best defensive midfielder and his starting keeper.
Costel Pantilimon starts the cup matches to give Joe Hart needed rest. There is no quarrel there.
Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Fernandinho spent half the week before the Wigan match on and off airplanes and playing in international friendlies for their home countries.
For that matter, so did Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Jesus Navas—but those three started anyway, as Pellegrini tried to field just enough of his best players to squeeze a win out at home.
Manchester City still must try to close a nine-point gap in the Premier League standings behind a Chelsea side that wins every time it plays anymore. And City are off to Barcelona this week to attempt to rescue their on-life-support Champions League bid.
So, as much as City fans would have liked to have seen the A team dispatch Wigan, they were never going to get that.
City tried to beat a fully committed Wigan side with less than their very best, by design, and could not do it. That they tried to do that in the first place is merely an illustration of City's priorities, nothing more.