Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he is already looking beyond their final Champions League group game at Bayern Munich, with Arsenal visiting the Ethad Stadium this weekend.

City, who have already qualified for the last 16 in Europe, could still win their group if they defeat holders Bayern 3-0 at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

But with the Citizens hosting Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday, Pellegrini has indicated he may give some of his players some rest time tonight, and it certainly appears goalkeeper Joe Hart will start the match in place of Costel Pantilimon.

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A win on Saturday would put City within three points of Arsenal


Hart, previously City's established number one, was dropped from the team in October after making a string of high-profile errors, which included mistakes in the home loss to Bayern earlier that month.

If he faces them again on Tuesday evening, it will be only his second appearance in the Blues' last 10 games.

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    Manchester City's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko puts on his jersey during the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis (L) and his teammate Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (R) run during the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko (R) and his teammate defender Joleon Lescott (L) warm up during the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis puts on his jersey during the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko wipes his nose during the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Chilean headcoach Manuel Pellegrini attends the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Chilean headcoach Manuel Pellegrini attends the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis attends a press conference ahead the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis (L) and his teammate Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (R) run during the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Chilean headcoach Manuel Pellegrini attends a press conference ahead the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester City's Argentinian defender Martin Demichelis attends a press conference ahead the final training session, one day ahead the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen attends a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    Bayern Munich's Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic (L) and Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez (R) joke during the final training session on December 9, 2013 in Munich, southern Germany, one day ahead of the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and Manchester City. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Pep Guardiola, head coach of FC Bayern Muenchen plays with a ball during a training session ahead of their Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Muenchen plays with the ball during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Assistant coach Domenec Torrent talks to Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Muenchen plays with the ball during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Toni Kroos of Bayern Muenchen puts on a pair of gloves during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen attends a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Team coach Pep Guardiola of Bayern Muenchen gestures during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    Bayern Munich's Spanish head coach Pep Guardiola attends the final training session on December 9, 2013 in Munich, southern Germany, one day ahead of the UEFA Champions League group D match between German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich and English Premier League club Manchester City. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Bayern Munich's striker Thomas Mueller (L) and Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer take part in the final training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery falls during the final training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City in Munich, southern Germany, on December 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FC Bayern Muenchen - Training

    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Team coach Pep Guardiola of Bayern Muenchen looks on during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • FC Bayern Muenchen - Training

    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Team coach Pep Guardiola of Bayern Muenchen looks on during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Thomas Mueller (L) and Toni Kroos of Bayern Muenchen joke around during a trainig session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group D match against Manchester City on December 9, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)


It has been a worrying time for the England international building up to next summer's World Cup.

And Pellegrini said of Hart: ''For him it is a very important game. I am not thinking about the past, just thinking about the future. I trust in him.''