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Manchester City handle business with 2-0 defeat of Leicester City

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: David Silva (45'+2) Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City

MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts from the Etihad Stadium after Manchester City claimed a 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Wednesday.

1. Manchester City back to winning ways

This was the calm after the storm for Manchester City. They had suffered twin defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool. A third successive setback would have rendered this their worst run since 2010 and heightened the scrutiny on the under-pressure Manuel Pellegrini. Yet at times such as these, the easiest fixture on paper...

 By Simon Curtis

David Silva displays more of his usual class as Man City sneak past Leicester

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: James Milner (88') Manchester City 2-0 Leicester CIty
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: David Silva (45'+2) Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City

After 45 turgid minutes at the Etihad, Manchester City had barely raised a shot toward Mark Schwarzer's goal. With a single minute of injury time to be added on, it looked likely to continue in the same vein until the break, but a scruffy goal from David Silva summed up the football and -- just about -- City's bitty, untidy dominance of this game.

City fans have seen many scruffy, listless and uncoordinated games with comical moments of slapstick like Wednesday night's game down the years, but...

 By Michael Cox

Manchester City's problems are caused by their players, not tactics

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Manuel Pellegrini can get away with his 4-4-2 formation against lesser teams but not against top teams like Barcelona.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno does not believe Manuel Pellegrini's substitution pattern shows an attacking strategy, while Shaka Hislop thinks the Man City manager's message to his players is muddled.

After a week when Manchester City were convincingly defeated by both Barcelona and Liverpool, with 2-1 losses flattering the English champions on both occasions, manager Manuel Pellegrini's tactics inevitably came under fire.

For both contests, his 4-4-2 formation was outplayed in midfield and exposed between the lines, leading to many questions about whether the Chilean has the tactical nous necessary to get results against the biggest sides.

The 4-4-2 itself isn't necessarily a problem, although...

 By David Mooney

Man City must rebound and regain home dominance for Leicester's visit

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley pinpoints Manuel Pellegrini's tactics and inability to make effective changes to the lineup as reasons for Manchester City's recent struggles. Also, see why Craig wasn't a fan of Dortmund's 'Batman and Robin' celebration.
The ESPN FC team explain how Liverpool were able to exploit Manchester City's weaknesses on Sunday and agree Manuel Pellegrini's days as City manager may be numbered.

In years gone by, teams battling for survival in the Premier League would not have relished a journey to the Etihad Stadium. In the last few campaigns, it would have been seen as an "anything we can get is a bonus" game, with Manchester City likely to win, occasionally without really getting out of second gear.

That Leicester, a team performing below what many expected from them after a solid title win in the Championship in 2014, will fancy their chances of doing a job on Manuel Pellegrini's...

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The men who could replace Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley pinpoints Manuel Pellegrini's tactics and inability to make effective changes to the lineup as reasons for Manchester City's recent struggles. Also, see why Craig wasn't a fan of Dortmund's 'Batman and Robin' celebration.

Twinned 2-1 defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool in which a 4-4-2 formation proved utterly unfit for the purpose has made speculation rife about the future of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. That may seem a little premature, considering City could still beat Barca in the second leg of their Champions League tie and may even collect a second successive Premier League title.

However, both look to be distant prospects, and Pellegrini might consider the fate of his predecessor. By February...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola the top contenders to take over at Man City?

Despite failing to make up ground on Premier League leaders Chelsea Manchester City fell to a 2-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.
The ESPN FC panel highlight Manchester City's weaknesses, and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho's man of the match performance.

All the latest and greatest rumours and tidbits on the transfer moves teams around the world will be making this summer.

TOP STORY: A big name Man City manager?

Today's TT begins with a little bit of a twist: instead of high-profile players and rumours of big money moves, we're looking at the bespoke individuals stalking the touchlines.

Another notable league defeat for Manchester City this weekend has put even more pressure upon beleaguered Manuel Pellegrini, so much so that it's a wonder...