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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
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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
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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.