Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini caused a stir on Sunday when he picked six teenagers in his side to take on Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
MCFC) February 21, 2016
When Guus Hiddink sees the Manchester City teamsheet... https://t.co/Lvc5HkNRPh— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 21, 2016
Four of Man City's starting eleven today played at the Bridge last season in the FA Youth Cup Final against Chelsea.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) February 21, 2016
Luckily I worked on the youth cup final last year....but for most tuning in they'll hardly have heard of half the City players...— Sam Matterface (@sammatterface) February 21, 2016
The reaction on Twitter was somewhat unimpressed:
Class lineup from Pellegrini. Punishing the FA for not rescheduling the game. He’s singlehandedly ruined the weekend’s top match.— Registability (@registability) February 21, 2016
I cannot believe the team that Manchester City have put out.✋— Geo Whiting (@GeorgeWhiting_) February 21, 2016
Manchester City's team 😳😳— Jack Rowlands (@jackrowlands123) February 21, 2016
Man City taking the FA cup seriously with that team line up I see.— Scott Eaglen (@ScottEaglen) February 21, 2016
Pellegrini cares a lot about FA Cup https://t.co/gydYJknNwE— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) February 21, 2016
Dat City team doe— The Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) February 21, 2016
Chelsea just went from Evens to 1/2 after that line-up was released. Bookies might be in for a big loss— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) February 21, 2016
But not everyone was upset:
Chelsea fans when they see that Man City team... pic.twitter.com/zZrgKX4oUF— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) February 21, 2016
Photos taken seconds after players saw the City side https://t.co/Yo31mkuwu5— Jack Lang (@jacklang) February 21, 2016
Very excited about today's game. Very young team to start with several debutants on show. Chance to learn, to develop & to shine #COYYB— Paul Lake (@Paul_Lake) February 21, 2016
Time to see what the kids can do.
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