Barcelona may be favourites coming into this game with a comfortable 2-0 lead from the first leg, but they will take lightly at their own peril. In the last encounter, Manchester City will feel aggrieved at the result after they went a man down in a tie that had little to choose between the sides. [.
.@EdDzeko makes himself comfortable for the journey. See you on the other side! #mcfc pic.twitter.com/8IA2aMvaqX Manchester City FC (@MCFC) March 11, 2014 Manchester City boarded a flight to Barcelona this morning ahead of their Champions League last-16 second leg clash at Camp Nou. It looks like Edin Dzeko wasn't pleased with his seat!
When February began, Manchester City were flying high. Coming off a 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane, the Blues sat atop the Barclays Premier League table and some pundits were predicting that City was close to running away with the title.
However, things abruptly changed on February 3rdwhen Manuel Pellegrini's side was beaten at home by Chelsea 1-0.
Sunday's match between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic was a wonderfully entertaining game for the neutrals. It had a little bit of everything, and fair play to Wigan Athletic for putting in an inspired performance against the richest club in the world.
If you missed the match or you want to watch the highlights again, watch below.
English football historian, author and researcher Gary James has published a new paper that examines the history of the sport in Manchester and reveals, for the first time, that there was another football club operating in the area during the 1860s, making that team the oldest in the region, not Manchester City (founded in 1880 asSt.
Samir Nasri may not be the most loved former Arsenal player around, but he still has some close ties to the club, especially with his compatriot and former boss Arsene Wenger. He may have left Arsenal because of the lack of silverware, although a huge increase in wages might have helped as well, but he [.
These days, it is common to hear soccer fans saying something like "of course, soccer is just like any other business now." It is a phrase intended to establish the speaker as a hard-nosed realist, puncturing idealistic delusions about the beautiful game with a knowing appreciation of the forces of profit and commerce that are now said to underpin the sport.
There are just ten games to go in the Premier League (that's right, just ten games!) and as the "games remaining" figure ticks into single figures for a host of teams this weekend, it really is the time of the season to make an impression. And that applies for plenty of sides.
This season is rather unique in that respect, because aside from Newcastle United and Southampton both of who are somewhat marooned in mid-table every team has something to fight for as the end of the campaign draws close.
Well Arsenal fans, we are into the last 10 Premier League games of the season. The Gunners had a fantastic first half of the campaign but have dropped off a bit in recent weeks. We are sitting in third place, four behind current leaders Chelsea and behind second placed Liverpool on goal difference. Man City [.
Many Manchester City fans have created a frequent scapegoat in Martín Demichelis. Yet the Argentine defender has been solidly unspectacular this season helping the Blues stay in the title race to claim the first piece silverware this season — the Capital One Cup. When Demichelis's name comes up, three points are always made by critics:
There is still plenty of football to be played but it looks increasingly likely that the Premier League title is returning to Stamford Bridge. The decision to rehire Jose Mourinho in the summer is now looking like the most crucial moment in this season's title race. Chelsea's 3-1 win over Fulham at the weekend and Arsenal's loss to Stoke saw the gap at the top rise to four points, with Liverpool now looking a more realistic challenger than the Gunners.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that Sunday's Capital One Cup title will be the first of many this season.
Heading into the final three months of the season, Man City are still contenders to win the FA Cup, English Premier League, and UEFA Champions League, though their task to come back against Barcelona won't be a simple one.
American fans woke up on Sunday morning hoping to see one of their favorites potentially lift a trophy, but by the time the Capital One Cup Final was over, those fans were only left with questions about one of the U.S. Men's National Team's most important players.
Barça suffered a domestic shock to the system at the weekend — coming up short against lowly Valladolid. With the La Liga title looking increasingly out of their reach, and their performances levels stalling, we question whether their footballing empire is crumbling.
Brazil take on South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday in their last friendly before Luiz Felipe Scolari names his World Cup squad on May 7th. Chelsea's David Luiz and Oscar, Tottenham's Paulinho and Manchester City's Fernandinho are expected to start.
This article is a follow-up to yesterday's article suggesting Samir Nasri poses a problem for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. *** Manuel Pellegrini is a manager who clearly values technical ability above all else. So, Martin Demichelis gets picked more often than Joleon Lescott. But then, like other managers before him, he has a technically [.
Manchester City visit Old Trafford later in the month and the prospect fills most United fans with a feeling of dread akin to a starting XI containing William Prunier. After a couple of maulings in recent seasons, some supporters were actually grateful for the penalty shoot-out defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup against Sunderland for fear of embarrassment at Wembley against Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Wigan Athletic have been rewarded for knocking high-flying Manchester City out of the FA Cup with a second trip to Wembley within 12 months.
The FA Cup holders repeated their feat of overcoming City in last season's final at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, despite the fact that the club has been relegated from the Premier League and seen their inspirational manager Roberto Martinez depart for Everton in the meantime.
James Perch scored his very first goal for Wigan minutes into the second half that put Wigan 2-0 up after a penalty from Fortune had given Wigan the lead in the first half. Wigan took the lead after 27 minutes against a sluggish Manchester City side when Martin Demichelis fouled Marc-Antoine Fortune in the penalty [.
I have to laugh. I just spent 10 minutes ranting at the wife about Arsenal's bad luck. I had just seen the FA cup draw that said the Gunners will face Man City or Wigan. Oh that is just great, I thought! And to be honest it was what I was expecting. So basically, Arsenal [...]
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini cited his team's sluggish pace for the first 46 minutes as the reason for yesterday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Championship side Wigan. The Chilean says his side only reacted when the Latics scored their second goal shortly after half-time. He said: "I think we had two games in the [.
It is not easy to come up with tactics that can neutralise Manchester City at the Etihad. Many teams better on paper than Wigan have left with heavy losses this season. But Latics boss Uwe Rosler did just that and quickly realised his side could do better than just try to keep the side they [...]
Wigan Athletic showed that last season's FA Cup final win over Manchester City at Wembley was no fluke as they beat the cup favorites again, this time 2-1 to set up a semifinal date with Arsenal at Wembley.
Jordi Gomez put the Latics ahead from the penalty spot after a mistake by Martin Demichelis and James Perch made it 2-0 after half-time thanks to another City error.
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Man City vs Wigan 2014 FA Cup Highlights 1-2 Gomez Perch Nasri Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Man City vs Wigan 2014 (Manchester City Wigan VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Man City vs Wigan 1-2 (Nasri/ Gomez pen, Perch) Etihad Stadium, Manchester- 9 March, 2014- FA [.
Manchester City know that a Champions League tie with Barcelona is looming and given the recent encouraging events, the Citizens can just about dare dream. But manager Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that they are focusing on the FA Cup for now. For any Championship side, an FA cup quarter–final tie against a team [.
Tim Sherwood says he expects Chelsea to fall short in the title race ahead of his Tottenham side's visit to Stamford Bridge this evening. The Spurs boss believes Manchester City will ultimately have too much for Jose Mourinho's team, although he expects the Blues to be in contention until the end of the season.
Before Daniel Sturridge had finessed his dancing goal celebration to its now familiar routine, it used to be a bit more up tempo. And slightly crazed. Here's the proto-celebration in action during Sturridge's time at Manchester City. We like the bemused team-mate wondering if there's any chance of a hug when Sturridge has quite finished.
Fernandinho and Oscar were both on the scoresheet as Brazil beat South Africa 5-0 in a friendly. Barcelona's Neymar scored all three of the World Cup hosts' other goals. Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho scored his first international goal with a spectacular long-range effort after Chelsea playmaker Oscar had opened the scoring with this dinked effort.
If there's one thing you don't want to take the credit for at the moment it's being the manager of Manchester United. But that's exactly what Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini did after yesterday's Capital One Cup victory over Sunderland. Falling into the familiar trap that's already caught out the likes of former City executive [.
Following Man City's Capital One Cup win yesterday, which saw them defeating Sunderland 3-1, a giant trophy was put up overnight outside the Etihad stadium to celebrate the club's victory. Goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas were enough to seal the deal on Sunday.
1. One down, four to go for Manuel Pellegrini in his challenge to win five trophies in five years for Manchester City. 2. That was probably the best possible result for Sunderland in the long-term. They played well, weren't humiliated but didn't end up with the trophy that often results in teams clocking off in [.
There are a couple of things that Manuel Pellegrini needs to take from yesterday's defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup. Martin Demichelis and Samir Nasri are players he must either improve or improve upon. There are certain flaws that a manger cannot improve in a player, for instance, the lack of pace when a [.
We all know that money is a huge factor in the success of a club football team. Sides like Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are able to buy the very best players, helping them compete at the highest level. But the same is true about international sides too, in a different way.
We can calculate the value of an international team and then use those numbers to determine which national teams are most likely to succeed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.