Manuel Pellegrini reckons the teams in Group D are not that far apart from one another in terms of quality and at the moment, it’s quite hard to make the prediction which two would be able to make their way into the pre quarter finals.
The four teams which are slotted in Group D in the Champions League 2015-16 are Juventus, Sevilla, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach. City had suffered a defeat at the hands of Juventus in their first game, but, made a comeback by getting better of Monchengladbach earlier this week.
Losing Sergio Aguero to injury is believed to be a massive blow for City, but, if you look at the numbers, they suggest something else – City have not actually missed the services of the star striker that much when he hasn’t been available to play.
Since the summer of 2011 when Aguero joined in, the winning % of City with the Argentinean being in the side is 62 which is less if compared to the winning % when he has been out of the side. Continue reading
Liverpool’s disappointing start to the campaign went from bad to worse after a 1-1 draw against Norwich City at Anfield.
The club has scored only four goals in the league so far while managing only two wins from the opening six games. This disappointing run of form is already threatening to result in manager Brendan Rodgers losing his job. There has to be a quick turnaround of results, but Liverpool are in a dire situation and it will take a lot of effort to get a win with such low levels of confidence. However, first-team coach Gary McAllister believes that the discontent from fans will certainly help infuse some fighting spirit in the squad.
The club could not have asked before a much easier fixture in the form of Carlisle United at home in the League Cup. This provides a perfect platform for the Liverpool players to get the test of winning once again. The team is without a win in the last five matches. However, they opened their campaign with two back-to-back 1-0 victory. The upcoming game against Carlisle is one of the three home games on the bounce. At the moment, though, Liverpool players will be quite happy at playing away from Anfield due to the reduced pressure. Continue reading
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says that he is looking forward to seeing Barcelona win the Champions League final on June 6.
The Catalan club will be playing against Juventus in the final at Berlin. Barcelona are hoping to become five-time European champions with a victory whereas the Italian outfit are still searching for their first win in this competition since 1996. They have already suffered defeats in the final on two occasions and will be hoping for being third time lucky.Hart, though, says that Barcelona will be the team he will be supporting on the night of the big occasion and it is primarily because of their superstar Lionel Messi.
The England number one has come up against Messi already this season. Despite playing extraordinarily well,Hart was badly let down by his teammates. His second leg display at the Camp Nou earlier this season was especially excellent. It was only down to the goalkeeping byHart that the game finished as a 1-0 defeat for the Premier League team. The aggregate loss of 3-1saw them knocked out of the competition at the last 16 stage once again. City have now failed to reach the quarter-finals in all of their Champions League seasons. Continue reading
Merrill Pellegrini is a man under crisis after his Manchester City team suffered yet another defeat. This defeat came in the Manchester Derby against archrivals United. The 4-2 loss not only has ended their title challenge but it has also put them into contention with Liverpool for a top four place. The fact that Brendan Rodgers and his team were able to take advantage of this defeat has made it extremely hard for the club. The club will be ending the campaign without any trophies and this is a major negative aspects for Pellegrini in his efforts to stay at City.
Amidst several reports that the club are looking at alternatives like Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc, Pellegrini says that he will not discuss his future right now. The 3-0 victory over West Brom is the only success that City had in the last five matches. Pellegrini recently criticised the sacking culture in the Premier league where he claimed that managers are not given enough time to show their qualities. After having won the league title last campaign, but the club were expected to kick on and possibly reach the final of the Champions League. Despite taking the lead against United, City played very poorly in the 75 minutes and were deservedly beaten. Continue reading
Vincent Kompany was one of the players of Manchester City which struggled the most during their Champions League match against Barcelona. The Belgium defender just couldn’t keep Luis Suarez under his control as the Uruguayan forward was able to slip past Kompany with ease and score both of the goals that he scored in the match.
It clearly was not the best performance of Kompany as it wasn’t until the 2nd half of the game where he managed to step it up and actually deliver some timely tackles which helped out Manchester City in not conceding any further goals besides the 2 that were scored in the 1st half.
Manchester City are under threat in this season of not winning any major titles as they still have to catch up to Chelsea in the Premier League and the Champions League road is a tough one as Barcelona has an advantage.
Even though City has a tough road ahead of them, Vincent Kompany has stated that he does not have any plans or intentions of leaving Manchester City anytime soon as he outlined his desire to remain at the Etihad Stadium despite what might happen with the club. Continue reading