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 By Simon Curtis

Manchester City dethroned following difficult campaign for Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admits it's difficult to challenge for the Premier League title

With the Premier League season over, here's a look back at Manchester City's campaign as thoughts turn toward the summer and next season.

Your season in a sentence and final grade: B+


It was probably Roma (away), as the Champions League campaign had again faltered and looked like tripping City up even before they'd exited the group stages. However, a display of great character in the Olympic Stadium in Rome took City through to the inevitable meeting with Barcelona. It was a night when...

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Man United target Gareth Bale plans 'stronger' third season at Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe discusses the future of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, where he does not feel the Welshman will not leave Madrid.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez announces that Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager after two seasons in charge of the Spanish club.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley is back from vacation and sounds off on Managers trying to be too clever for their own good.
Simon Carr and Nando Vila break down the hottest headlines from this past weekend in football.
The ESPN FC panel respond to your tweets in regards to Rafael Benitez or Jurgen Klopp being Real Madrid's manager, and whether or not Barcelona have to change anything to their team.

Gareth Bale has admitted his disappointment in Real Madrid's trophyless 2014-15 campaign, but is planning on "coming back stronger" for Los Blancos next season despite speculation liking him with a move away from the Bernabeu.

Bale, 25, signed for Real for £85 million in 2013 and enjoyed a successful debut campaign in Madrid, scoring 22 goals in all competitions including vital strikes in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals to help land both trophies.

Despite hitting another 17 goals...

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini vows to win back title

The ESPN FC panel discuss a few top players in the Premier League this season.
Who stayed up? Who's heading to the Championship? Who will be playing in Europe next season? We have everything you may have missed from the last Sunday in the Premier League right here.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Frank Lampard deserved the reception he received after his side's 2-0 win over Southampton, while reserving praise for Premier League Golden Boot winner Sergio Aguero.

Manuel Pellegrini has vowed to regain the Premier League title after winning his battle to remain as Manchester City manager.

The Chilean is planning his summer transfer business as he prepares to see out the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Pellegrini's future was plunged into doubt after a run of six defeats in eight games but City finished the season in second place with a comeback of six straight wins.


- Report Card: City earn a B+
- Brewin: Six defining games

- Macintosh: Elite Milner without fanfare
- Jolly: Lampard's fitting finale
- RATINGS: Lampard leaves with 8/10
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The manager has always said he has had the backing of the powerbrokers at...

James Milner, Man City
Premier League Rank, No. 41

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James Milner Premier League rank
James Milner had another excellent campaign for Manchester City, further enhancing his reputation as one of the division's most consistent performers.

Welcome to ESPN FC's #PremRank.

ESPN FC is counting down the top 50 players in the Premier League right now, as voted for by various columnists, editors and analysts. Who makes the cut? Disagree with our list? Tell us on Twitter using the hashtag #PremRank.

Why James Milner makes the list

He's perhaps the only player to come out of Manchester City's miserable title defence with his reputation enhanced, but...

Samir Nasri, Man City
Premier League Rank, No. 42

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Samir Nasri Premier League rank
Samir Nasri has only impressed occasionally for Manchester City this season, despite his obvious talent.

Welcome to ESPN FC's #PremRank.

ESPN FC is counting down the top 50 players in the Premier League right now, as voted for by various columnists, editors and analysts. Who makes the cut? Disagree with our list? Tell us on Twitter using the hashtag #PremRank.

Why Samir Nasri makes the list

France international Samir Nasri tends to be a player who comes in for criticism when Manchester City fall below...