Pep Guardiola has said the changes he made to his Manchester City team for the 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday were linked to "behaviour" issues within his squad.
Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, who both scored in the 7-0 victory over Leeds United on Tuesday, were left on the bench for the trip to St James' Park five days later.
Quizzed afterwards about his selection, Guardiola said the players he picked "deserved" to play.
"It was not rotation, no," the City manager told the BBC. "I decided on this team because they deserved to play today, these guys and not the other ones.