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Manchester City

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Should Man City sack Manuel Pellegrini? This week's #FCDebate

The FC TV panel have their say. What do you think? Vote now!

Manchester City have a star-studded squad yet seem to be stuck in a rut near the top of the Premier League. They face an uphill battle to defend their league title, while their hopes of finally making significant progress in the Champions League took a serious hit in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Etihad.

How much of that is down to the manager? And is Manuel Pellegrini really the right man to push this team over the top?

Should Manchester City sack Manuel Pellegrini?

Watch the FC TV discussion and then vote. Plus, let us know...

 By David Mooney

Manchester City's poor Champions League discipline continues

Relive the most memorable moments from Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 action, highlighted by Barcelona's 2-1 triumph at the Etihad.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down just how Barcelona were able to exploit Manchester City's defense on their sublime second goal.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 2-1 victory at the Etihad over Manchester City.

The story of Manchester City's Tuesday evening was simple. The 2-1 loss to Barcelona finished better than it should have but, equally, worse than it could have too.

The Catalan giants ran rings around the hosts for the first half and, had they been more ruthless in front of goal, they'd have had a bigger advantage at the break than a 2-0 lead.

However, the Blues had chances too. If Edin Dzeko's heading was better or if Wilfried Bony hadn't fallen over Fernandinho's ankles, Manuel Pellegrini's side...

Luis Suarez adds goals to his voracious Barcelona work ethic

Relive the most memorable moments from Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 action, highlighted by Barcelona's 2-1 triumph at the Etihad.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down just how Barcelona were able to exploit Manchester City's defense on their sublime second goal.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 2-1 victory at the Etihad over Manchester City.

MANCHESTER, England -- For weeks he's been providing the service. On Tuesday, he suddenly provided the goals.

He arrived as the guy with the bad reputation, banned for another bite, following a previous suspension for racial abuse.

But Luis Suarez has been playing at Barcelona not only as if, just as he promised, it's been his personal ambition to do so for years and years but also as if he's a fan of the club.

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He's brought blood, sweat and tears, albeit fewer goals than most believed was his initial...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Manchester City's annual Champions League agony continues vs. Barcelona

Relive the most memorable moments from Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 action, highlighted by Barcelona's 2-1 triumph at the Etihad.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down just how Barcelona were able to exploit Manchester City's defense on their sublime second goal.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 2-1 victory at the Etihad over Manchester City.

MANCHESTER, England -- The agony the Champions League annually brings to Manchester City was only partly eased by the sight of Lionel Messi having his injury-time penalty saved by Joe Hart and his header of the rebound sliding by the post.

There were smiles among those home fans who had stayed behind. A moment of levity, perhaps even a glimmer of a chance for the second leg, but not one to disguise that at this level, in this competition, City again look short of the quality required to progress...

 By Simon Curtis

Silva, Hart help Manchester City keep hope alive against Barcelona

Relive the most memorable moments from Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 action, highlighted by Barcelona's 2-1 triumph at the Etihad.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down just how Barcelona were able to exploit Manchester City's defense on their sublime second goal.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 2-1 victory at the Etihad over Manchester City.

Clinging to small mercies is an occupational hazard for football fans. With 93 pulsating minutes on the clock, the score at 2-1 for Barcelona and Lionel Messi stepping up to take a penalty, Manchester City fans could have been forgiven for thinking the game -- and the tie -- was finally up.

Messi, who had spent the evening showcasing his unique balance and touch, chose to smack his penalty to Joe Hart's left, and the City goalkeeper stopped the shot. In an act of clemency toward Pablo Zabaleta,...

Luis Suarez the star as Barcelona push Manchester City to the brink

Relive the most memorable moments from Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 action, highlighted by Barcelona's 2-1 triumph at the Etihad.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez notched a brace, but Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave Manchester City a lifeline heading into the second leg.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down just how Barcelona were able to exploit Manchester City's defense on their sublime second goal.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 2-1 victory at the Etihad over Manchester City.

For seven consecutive seasons, Barcelona have reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League while Manchester City have never reached that stage in their history, and Tuesday's 2-1 Barca win means it is unlikely those trends will be bucked after the second leg in Camp Nou.

However, Barca will kick themselves that the gap is not wider, with a last-minute penalty conversion by Lionel Messi would have left it safer for the Blaugrana, who had only 10 men to face in the final 17 minutes after...