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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
22 hours 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
6 hours ago

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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Man City wait on Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony ANC fate with Ivory Coast

Manchester City pair Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony could be available for the club's Premier League match with Chelsea at the weekend, if Ivory Coast lose to Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

Manchester City are waiting to see if Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony are able to make earlier-than-expected returns from Africa to figure in Saturday's crucial match against Chelsea.

The Premier League champions were planning to be without their vice-captain and their new signing for another two weeks.

But Ivory Coast could be knocked out of the African Nations Cup, which ends on Feb. 8, on Wednesday when they meet Cameroon on Wednesday.

The Elephants were among the favourites for the tournament but,...