Manchester City confident to top in the Group

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has targeted only a victory when his team take on Roma in a crucial Champions League group match.

This match is likely to decide the second placed team in the group, as it is widely expected that CSKA Moscow will suffer a defeat in their group match against Bayern Munich. Three teams can realistically expect to reach the last 16 of the competition, but it is far more important for Pellegrini given the amount of money he has spent. City have underachieved in the Champions League ever since they came into the competition a few years ago.

Ancelotti thinks all his sqaud needs to be rotated

Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica international, stood between the sticks for Real Madrid in place of Iker Casillas in the Liga game versus Elche earlier today.
This had to happen at some point with Casillas. He had clearly not been producing the kind of shows that he is known for. The Blancos team management as well as the hierarchy backed him fully, preferring him ahead of the other keepers in the starting matches of the season, but, he was just not able to live up to that.

Clichy Happy With Sagna Purchase

Gael Clichy is very happy with Manchester City’s decision of buying Bacary Sagna.

City has recently secured the services of Sagna without paying any transfer fee. The veteran right back from France was released by his previous club Arsenal and thus, he was available on free.

Clichy and Sagna have played with each other a lot in club and in international football and they are believed to be very good mates.

CITY SPLASH CASH

Manchester City is ready to splash out €45 million in order to sign Eliaqium Mangala and Fernando from FC Porto even though they have already received notifications from UEFA’s club financial board stating that the team of Manuel Pellegrini is one of the clubs which is being investigated for having breached the Financial Fair Play rules.

CITY ARE STRONGEST

After Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, now Eden Hazard has also declared Manchester City the strongest contender to win the Premier League title.

Although it’s not the Citizens who are at the top of the Premier League table at the moment but, Hazard believes they are the most likely to be there at the end of the season.

CITY GETTING BETTER

The French defender Gael Clichy played with Arsenal for 8 years until he completed a switch to Manchester City where he is now allocated and is confident that they will only get better with the new managers and new players that might be arriving in January.

He told the club's official website: "We know what we have to do, to do our own thing and try not to lose points at home. Taking game after game will be a key point for us and hopefully we can now improve our away record’’.

FRANCE MAKE IT

France made up from their 1st leg match against Ukraine that saw the French team losing 2-0 but weeks later they secured their place into the 2014 World Cup in a dramatic 2nd leg in which France won 3-0.

Unfortunately for Gael Clichy he is nothing more than a substitute player for Didier Deschamps who prefers choosing Eric Abidal and Mamadou Sakho ahead of the Manchester City player and even with his club he has not made any significant impact that can permanently secure his position in the Premier League club as he plays in 1 match and the next week is he is being sidelined.

Manchester City skipper Kompany to miss more action

Premier League giants Manchester City hasn’t been having the best of seasons so far, sitting at seventh in the table with sixteen from their opening nine games, just ahead of fierce neighbors and rivals Manchester United. And their woes have been compounded with news coming in that star defender and influential skipper Vincent Kompany set to miss the 2012 champions’ next three games due to an injury.

CLICHY RUES SEASON

Gael Clichy has said that the last season was one of the worst for Manchester City because they failed to win any title.

Manchester City had entered the last season as defending Premier League Champions and the expectations were high from them, but, they couldn’t live up to it.

They were knocked out from the first phase of the Champions League. In the Premier League, they ended at no. 2 in the points table with only 78 points in 38 matches and then, in the final of the FA Cup, they were defeated by Wigan Athletic by 0-1.

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