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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Man City and Pellegrini face five key issues to turn ailing season around

The ESPN FC crew discuss the issues Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini faces.

In considering Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League defeat away to Juventus, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his team were in " a difficult moment."

City's last three performances have fallen well below the standards that might be expected of English football's best resourced club, after spending £153.5m in the summer to add to already opulent resources. Last Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool was described by Pellegrini as "a complete disaster," and the week before he oversaw...

 By Nick Miller

Will Chelsea's mini-revival continue against Spurs?

The ESPN FC panel discuss Diego Costa's poor goal-scoring form this season.

Tottenham and Chelsea head could not have started their 2015-16 Premier League campaigns any differently. ESPN FC takes a look at the five biggest questions ahead of Saturday's crunch match.

1. Will Chelsea's mini-revival continue?

It has been a calamitous season for Chelsea, but the last couple of games have offered a hint of hope. Their performances in the last two games, wins over Norwich and Maccabi Tel Aviv, while still not exactly being entirely convincing, suggest Jose Mourinho might be able...

Lionel Messi to Man City transfer rumours played down by Pellegrini

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop believe Barcelona are the best team in the Champions League.
Lionel Messi started his first game since September against Roma and looked like he'd never been away.
In the return of Lionel Messi to the starting lineup Barcelona ran riot against Roma to secure their spot in quarter finals.
Lionel Messi rounds off a sublime passage of play for Barcelona in their Champions League match against AS Roma.
Luis Enrique expects AS Roma to press for points against Barcelona and looks forward to Lionel Messi returning to form.

MANCHESTER -- Manuel Pellegrini says every manager in the world would love to have Lionel Messi in his team -- but shrugged off reports that Barcelona's record scorer is set to join Manchester City.

The 2014 Premier League champions have been linked with the Argentina regularly over the years and on Friday reports emerged that they are willing to pay the four-time World Player of the Year £800,000 a week.

Messi, who has scored 420 goals for Barcelona, signed a new contract at the Camp Nou last...

 By Jim Daly

Pardew palaver in Palace vs. Newcastle but Eagles need home comforts

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew faces former club Newcastle United this week.

All eyes will be on Alan Pardew during Saturday's game between Crystal Palace and Newcastle and that's exactly how he likes it. The Eagles boss is absolutely fine at courting attention and after a tumultuous five years at St James' Park, everyone will be keen to see what sort of reaction he gets from the Magpies fans and what he gives back.

But all the Pardew palaver is only going to distract from the real issue for Palace -- they don't score enough goals. Only four teams have let in fewer goals...