Ex-England captain Alan Shearer says he does not understand why Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is “moaning” about fixture congestion.
Pellegrini started six teenagers in Sunday’s 5-1 FA Cup defeat at Chelsea, resting his regulars for Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Dynamo Kiev.
Shearer told BBC One: “Barcelona played on Saturday and they face Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday.
“It is the same amount of time as City but they didn’t rest any players.”
The ex-Newcastle manager added: “I don’t get the talk of resting players. City are and want to be a very big club on the global stage.
“They’ve got more resources than anyone. I never see Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo wanting to be left out.
“I never see these guys being left out. For us it seems a big issue in our country.”
Pellegrini insisted he was “forced” to prioritise Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Dynamo Kiev.
City wrote a letter to the Football Association to complain about the scheduling of Sunday’s match, which was played three days before City travel to Ukraine.
The Chilean had previously warned he would select a shadow side and he was true to his word as goals from Diego Costa, Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore saw Chelsea ease through.
Debutant striker David Faupala, 18, had levelled for the visitors in the first half.
Senior players Jesus Navas, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Eliaquim Mangala, Fabian Delph, Kevin de Bruyne and Bacary Sagna all missed the game with injury.
Pellegrini said: “I don’t think I need to make a defence of my team selection. We played two rounds before this and won 3-0 at Norwich City and 4-0 at Aston Villa with strong teams.
“I think one of the most important things here in England to try and help teams in the Champions League and we couldn’t take the risk here because we had seven players injured.
“We have a long flight to Kiev on Monday and we don’t want one more injury. I think we did the correct thing and made the right decision.
“The club tried everything possible to try and play it at a different time. We do not think the Champions League is more important than the FA Cup but we had no choice.”