Liverpool v AS Roma Preview - Champions League Semi-Final

Liverpool v AS Roma Preview - Champions League Semi-Final

If anyone had suggested at the start of the European season, that one of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals will feature either Liverpool or AS Roma, it would have been dismissed as wishful thinking. But sometimes the unexpected does happen and in rarer cases, it happens with a double whammy. The first semi-final of this season’s Champions League will feature not one of those two underdogs but both of them. After progressing to this stage by beating England’s champions-elect team, …
DeBruyne Steps on the Gas

DeBruyne Steps on the Gas

In a must win game to ensure City achieve Champions League qualification the team came out of the traps very sharply. Kevin DeBruyne after 2.5 months out came back to start his first game and City were on the front foot from the start. Pellegrini seems to have prioritised the Champions League this season and one can only second guess players were playing for their chance to be in the first eleven versus PSG on Wednesday. Samir Nasri also returned …
Manchester City vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Their loss to the high flying Leicester City has cast a shadow of doubt over the club's billing as the top contenders for the crown this season. Up next is another tough test for the side as they welcome 2nd placed Tottenham Hotspurs. With 48 points in their kitty, the London side are truly in one of their best seasons in the Premier League and would be keen to get a positive result at the Etihad. Team News Manchester City …
Observations from West Ham 2 Manchester City 2

Observations from West Ham 2 Manchester City 2

It was a pulsating game of football that finished 2-2, it was entertaining to watch and dramatic from start to finish, quite literally; but was there anything to take from the game? I believe so. Dimitri Payet A contender for signing of the season, he has been a revelation for the Hammers this season and was excellent in this game. His technique, composure on the ball, vision and passing really made him stand out and when you consider Sergio Aguero, …
Man City Evolve to Beat Saints

Man City Evolve to Beat Saints

Pellegrini has shown Mourinho something in these last four months, he has a far greater trust in youth. Sterling, De Bruyne and Delph all sub-24 yrs old have been trusted to deliver. Arguably Southampton are one of the better drilled, more obdurate teams to beat with 3 clean sheets from ten games, and yet Pellegrini trusted the triumvirate of Sterling, De Bruyne and Delph to engineer a win. Southampton were unbeaten away from home so it was brave not to …
Manchester City vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Mancehster City have made their intentions clear with an imposing start to the new season. The club has won five consecutive games, having scored 11 goals and conceded none, one of which includes an emphatic 3-0 victory at home against reigning champions Chelsea. While they come into the game on the back of impressive performances, they have yet again begun life in Champions League with a loss at home against Juventus. The manager, Manuel Pellegrini, will be hoping to have …
Manchester City vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Manchester City vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Manchester City host Southampton on Sunday in their last fixture of the season. The expectations have been so high at the club since the last few years that a 2nd place finish is believed to be a bad season for the previous champions. The club have been in rich form coming into this game, having won all of their last 5 fixtures. On the other hand, their guests for the evening, who are still in contention to finish a respectable …
Where do Manchester City Still Need to Strengthen?

Where do Manchester City Still Need to Strengthen?

When Manchester City defeated Stoke to win the FA Cup in 2011, it signalled the end of a 35 year period without a major trophy. City followed up their cup success by winning the Premier League trophy in 2012, and many thought that a period of domestic dominance would follow. An onslaught on the Champions League was surely only a matter of time. It hasn't exactly worked out like that since. City did win a second Premier League title last …
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