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
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.