Pellegrini has no doubt about the potential significance of the contest at the Allianz Arena for Hart.
"For him it is a very important game," the Chilean said, before adding: "I am not thinking about the past, just thinking about the future. I trust in him."
When then asked about the danger of Hart's confidence having been damaged by his time out of the side and that affecting his performances for club and country, Pellegrini looked to draw a line under the matter.
"I don't think this press conference is for talking about Joe Hart," he said.
"I have said in other weeks what I think about him and his performances. Today is not the day to analyse this."
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball