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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says that he does not expect to the club to spend much in the January transfer window due to restrictions from UEFA.
The club were found guilty of not complying with the financial fair play regulations. Several restrictions have been imposed on the club for this campaign. They were heavily impacted by this even during the summer when the club brought in only a few top names like Mangala. Pellegrini does not expect this to change in January even though the club have been linked with many players like Wilfried Bony.
Instead of signing new players, Pellegrini is set to concentrate on keeping the players at the club. This includes names like Scott Sinclair, who have been linked with an exit. Frank Lampard joined the club on a six-month loan deal back in the summer, but it now looks set to be extended until the end of the campaign. This will be vital given that Yaya Touré will be leaving for the Africa Cup of Nations. City are only three points behind Chelsea in the title race after 19 games. City have dropped some cheap points against the likes of Stoke City and Burnley. Pellegrini will be keen to avoid this in the New Year.
“No, I don’t think we will be busy. We have restrictions on money.I hope we start the New Year winning three points. [Sunderland are] a good team with a good manager. They have strong players.In general,  has been successful. We have the next five months now to continue to improve the way we play,” said Pellegrini. Manchester City are home to Sunderland on New Year’s Day. This completes a run of relatively easy fixtures for the team. They’re up against the likes of Everton, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the next few weeks.
Manchester City’s chances of winning the Premier League have stayed alive in a large part thanks to the sensational season and form that Sergio Aguero is going through but not even the Argentine attacker has been able to do much to stop Manchester City from sinking in the lower spots of their group in the Champions League.
The Champions League is starting to look like a title that might just be too far away from the hands of Manchester City at least in this season after the Premier League club lost against Bayern Munich and later drew with As.Roma and CSKA Moscow.
On October 21 of the current year, Manchester City had to travel to the Arena Khimki in Russia in order to face off with CSKA Moscow and the match finished in a 2-2 draw. Taking into consideration that Manchester City was playing in a completely different stadium and temperature than usual, a draw was not such a disastrous result for the team of Manuel Pellegrini.
15 days later and Manchester City played against CSKA Moscow but this time it was played on the home turf of the Premier League club at the Etihad Stadium and City was in dying need of a victory in order to keep their hopes of advancing past the group stages of the Champions League but the English club lost 2-1.
Even the coach himself has been left baffled and shocked by the surprising string of results that his squad of players have been picking up as Manuel Pellegrini said:
“All of them are important players so I don’t understand why they cannot play in the Champions League, but we must review a lot of things to understand why it was such a low performance’’
The chances of Manchester City advancing through the group stages of the Champions League is extremely difficult with only 2 matches left to be played, City will be facing off against Bayern Munich and As.Roma and they will need to claim victories against both in order to have any chance of progressing through Group E.
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini reckons that their fiercest rivals, Manchester United, can certainly do without the services of captain Wayne Rooney.
The 28-year-old has missed the last three matches due to suspension after picking up a straight red card against West Ham. He was seen limping at an event a few days ago, but Louis van Gaal is set to confirm that Rooney will participate in the Manchester derby. For the moment, his participation remains in doubt, but Pellegrini reckons that this is unlikely to be a major loss for United. Continue reading
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Manchester City currently trail table leaders Chelsea by five points, but midfielder David Silva reckons that this is not a substantial gap for Jose Mourinho’s men to relax. It has been long maintained that Chelsea and Manchester City were the favourites for the title this season. However, dropped points against the likes of Arsenal and Stoke City mean that Manchester City are already five points behind Chelsea after seven matches in the season. The Premier League resumes this weekend with City taking on Tottenham at the Etihad stadium.
Ahead of this match, Silva will be aware that City could potentially drop yet more points that will put them at a major disadvantage with regards to retaining their title. He has attempted the old ploy of getting into the minds of the opposition by suggesting that Chelsea do not have it all their way in the remainder of the campaign. Jose Mourinho’s team are against Crystal Palace this weekend at Selhurst Park, which is a place where they dropped three points last season. Chelsea usually struggle to get the rhythm going after an international break, but this season they appear to be a confident bunch.
After moving into a new training ground facility that has been created at the cost of more than £ 200 million, Silva will be hoping to get three points against Spurs. “Chelsea have made great transfers, they have a great team, a great squad. But it doesn’t mean things are going to be easy, especially in England. He wanted to score but he was unlucky. He has scored today and we hope that he can keep the goals coming,” said the Spanish midfielder about Chelsea and their top scoring centre forward, Diego Costa. Mourinho has hinted that Costa may be unavailable this weekend against Palace due to injury concerns.
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Manchester City suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich but they came very close to getting a result at the Allianz Arena. Manuel Pellegrini criticised the seeding system of UEFA just before the match after City were once again drawn up against Bayern in the group stages of the Champions League. However, it was much better performance from the Premier League outfit than in previous seasons after the almost snatched a draw only to be beaten by a late goal from their former player, Jerome Boateng. The 1-0 win for Bayern gives them a great start to the campaign.
There are few doubts about the ability of the German club to withstand the City team that has been improving a lot in recent years. After winning the league title two times in the last three seasons, City would have been hoping to have much better than their recent visits to this ground. However, they were coming up against a Bayern Munich team that has failed to win only one of their competitive matches this season. The 1-1 draw with Schalke stands out from the rest of the crowd, as it remains the only match were Guardiola’s Bayern Munich failed to win.
After the match, Guardiola praised his team by saying that they showed a lot of desire to get this victory. “Everybody is happy we have our first three points in this hard group. We had many chances against a very good team. At the start we had some problem with the possession. We then switched from three at the back to four at the back and it got better. You have to understand that Rafinha and Benatia have played very little recently. They played well and showed big heart,” said Guardiola, who was once linked with the managerial job at City.