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about an hour ago

Manuel Pellegrini: Manchester City bid for Barcelona's Lionel Messi a 'rumour'

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno cannot say enough about Lionel Messi, who recently became La Liga's all-time leading goal-scorer with 253 goals.

MANCHESTER -- Manuel Pellegrini has downplayed suggestions Manchester City could move for Barcelona's record goalscorer Lionel Messi.

Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, citing anonymous sources, said that the four-time World Player of the Year will leave the country because he is threatened with a jail term in a row over unpaid tax.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain know Messi from their time together at the Camp Nou, and the player hinted to Argentine...

2 hours ago

Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic fit for Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his team's resilient performance in a 2-1 comeback win over Swansea City.

Manuel Pellegrini rejected fears Manchester City will have to take on Bayern Munich without top scorer Sergio Aguero.

Both Aguero and Stevan Jovetic sat out training on Monday morning while Edin Dzeko, who has a calf injury, was already ruled out of Tuesday's Group E clash at the Etihad Stadium.


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Argentina striker Aguero -- the Premier League's current top scorer with 12 goals -- and Montenegrin Jovetic have been troubled by injuries during Pellegrini's reign but the Chilean insisted they will be...

 By Kevin Palmer
7 hours ago

Champions League: English clubs reach last chance saloon

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says that his players lack confidence in Europe.

As Manchester City and Liverpool prepare for a make-or-break week in the Champions League, here are five points to consider ahead of the action on Tuesday and Wednesday:

City enter last chance saloon

Manchester City appear to have developed a debilitating mental block as they continually fail to live up to their billing in the Champions League, with manager Manuel Pellegrini under increasing pressure to find a rapid solution to their European woes as he prepares for the daunting visit of Bayern...

 By Simon Curtis
16 hours ago

Manchester City show glimmers of improvement in crucial Swansea win

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his team's resilient performance in a 2-1 comeback win over Swansea City.

In the bad old days Manchester City fans, amongst the most downtrodden specimens to follow this wonderful sport of ours, would manage to see positive trends in any number of tiny changes to their City-supporting existence. Watching the team's struggles every weekend, their eyes became skilled at picking out the slightest sign of an improvement, however small it might have been.

The merest thing could get the spirits soaring: a corner that finally fell on a City attacker's head, or perhaps a goal...

By ESPN Staff
19 hours ago

Manchester City's Samir Nasri: Chelsea look unbeatable at the top

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his team's resilient performance in a 2-1 comeback win over Swansea City.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has said he thinks Chelsea currently look invincible at the top of the Premier League table.

Nasri, who started for champions City in Saturday's hard-fought 2-1 win over Swansea at the Etihad Stadium, told the Manchester Evening News that had been a vital victory for his team.

"It was important to keep in touch with Chelsea, who look unbeatable at the moment," he said. "It was really important to win the game."

City fell behind to a Wilfried Bony strike within...