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 By David Mooney

Write Manchester City off at your peril as Pellegrini plots Chelsea downfall

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley believes Manchester City's loss to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup was deserved as Manuel Pellegrini's side travelled to the Middle East and arrived back far too close to their weekend clash.

It's not even 10 years ago that Manchester City's motto would have been better as "Wallow in self-pity" rather than "pride in battle." Only City could mess up in ways previously unknown to the sport.

There was no reason for the fans to think that a bad run of form would come to an end -- and it was always a surprise when they went away from home and put three past a slightly better team.

Maybe it's wishful thinking based on a flimsy string of recent evidence, but there's been a shift at Eastlands...

 By Simon Curtis

Manchester City's season hinges on matches vs. Chelsea and Barcelona

The ESPN FC crew discuss Manchester City's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough, for which Steve Nicol believes their trip to Abu Dhabi was to blame.

The post-weekend verdict for Manchester City is once again looking a little bleak.

For the fifth time this season, City fans wake up to the first commute of the week wondering just how the side were beaten at home. Five home defeats at this stage of the season adds up to the worst home record for six years.

Dumped from both domestic cup competitions by supposedly weaker opposition, City have been given a clear lesson in attitude by both Middlesbrough and Newcastle on how to treat the FA and League...

By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

Burley's Boiling Point: Man City suicide?

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley believes Manchester City's loss to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup was deserved as Manuel Pellegrini's side travelled to the Middle East and arrived back far too close to their weekend clash.

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By ESPN Staff

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis doubts for Manchester City clash

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes goes play-by-play to break down Chelsea's extra time triumph over Liverpool on their way to the Capital One Cup final.

Chelsea could be without Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

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The pair had to be withdrawn during Chelsea's 1-0 victory in the Capital One Cup semifinal second leg against Liverpool on Tuesday, while Branislav Ivanovic, who scored the decisive goal, may also be a doubt after suffering a cut foot.

'Branislav could finish the game, Fabregas and Filipe couldn't," Mourinho said after the game. "Filipe was a calf problem, Fabregas was his hamstring."

Mourinho...

By ESPN Staff
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The anatomy of an FA Cup upset

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol, Craig Burley and Gab Marcotti divulge their opinions at length as to why many smaller clubs historically triumph over clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and others in the FA Cup, and Nicol attributes it to complacency.

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