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The Citizens could complete a perfect week at the Stadium of Light on November 10, 2013. Watch Manchester City’s English Premier League game against Sunderland live.
Preview: More misery for the Black Cats?
After their awful display in a 3-1 home loss to Bayern Munich, many tipped Manchester City to fail again in the UEFA Champions League. However, they responded well with vital wins over CSKA Moscow to reach the Last 16 of the tournament.
“It’s a big achievement for the club because this is the first time we’ve gone beyond the group stages so we’re really happy, but there is still a long way to go,” midfielder Samir Nasri told the club's official website.
“Now we’ll focus on the Premier League but on paper, we have as much quality as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and [Manchester] United.”
As Manchester City welcome arch rivals Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium, here is a look at the top five battles between the opposing players that could decide the outcome of the Manchester derby.
Sergio Aguero vs Rio Ferdinand
The Argentine has so far, been a joy to watch this season. Despite being more of a number 10 player, Aguero has performed admirably as a secondary striker where his tenacity and supreme skill level becomes a nuisance for the best defenders out there.
Indeed, Rio Ferdinand will have his work cut out for him. Over the years, the England international has lost much of his pace which means that the former Leeds United man should look to use his experience as his prime weapon when he takes on Messi Junior’s godfather.
Mark Hughes will take on his former employees as Stoke welcome Manchester City to the Britannia Stadium, watch the match live on DirecTV.
Preview: City target a strong win in Mark Hughes reunion
The Welsh international managed the Etihad side for two seasons following which he was sacked and replaced by Roberto Mancini. The former Manchester United star also had stints at London clubs Fulham and Queens Park Rangers before replacing Tony Pulis at Stoke City.
Stoke under Hughes have had a bright start to the Premier League campaign having won two of the three matches they have played so far. A win on Saturday could take the Potters to the top four, a win for City on the other can possibly take them to the top of the table even if for a little while.
Both sides will get one last chance to fine tune everything, before they kick off their 2013/14 campaign next weekend.
Preview: Final preparations to be made in Helsinki
At the moment, expectations for Arsenal and Manchester City could be slightly different heading into the 2013/14 campaign.
For Arsenal fans, they have endured yet another off season with no big name signings, despite Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis claiming that the Gunners were ready to spend. After failing to sign Gonzalo Higuain, it appears the London side is set to miss out on Luis Suarez, who may be staying at Liverpool, at least for the time being.
After managing to acquire the services of the Spain international, Manchester City would be hoping that the same fate does not await Negredo like most of the big name strikers that came to the club in recent years.
After long and arduous discussions, Manchester City were finally able to seal a deal for Spanish international, Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla. The striker was one of the most wanted players in Europe this summer and Manuel Pellegrini can now afford himself a smug smile for being able to get his man.
Indeed, it would be quite interesting to see the player don the City colours and try and replicate the same form that made him one of the best strikers in Spain last season.
In a World Cup Qualifying match, group leaders Argentina battle against third placed Ecuador who are vying for a place in the competition after failing to register a place in the last edition held in 2010.
Lionel Messi started the stalemate against Colombia on the bench, and the four time Ballon D’or winner awaits the same fate as he is yet to return to full fitness.
Much to the woes of Alejandro Sabella, the Argentina head coach will not be able to utilize the services of Gonzalo Higuain and Pablo Zabaleta as the duo face suspensions. Higuain received his marching orders after a malicious tackle on Ospina in the match against Colombia, whereas Zabaleta who was one yellow card away from suspension will also be out of the important clash.
Boca Juniors full back Clemente Rodriguez is set to replace the Manchester City man in the squad and will face competition from Gino Peruzzi and Hugo Campagnaro for a berth in the starting line up.
With the domestic competitions reaching their conclusion in Europe, a lot of attention will be diverted to international contests as a star studded Argentina side takes on Colombia in a World Cup Qualifying match.
Argentina star man Lionel Messi is still nursing a hamstring injury which has kept him out of much of the action in May. Should the mercurial forward fail to recover from injury, Argentina have in their ranks a hoard of attacking talent which can replace the Barcelona man.Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Juventus bound Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and PSG attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi have all been named in Alejandro Sabella's 23-man squad.
Former Valencia man Fernando Gago who had been omitted from the preliminary squad, has been recalled and is one of the three domestically based players which have been included in the squad.
A goal each by Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri took Manchester City to the final of the FA Cup at the expense of Chelsea who strongly feel that they were robbed of the tie by match officials.
It does not rain, it pours whenever Chelsea get knocked out of a competition. There is almost always a big drama whenever the Blues bow out of the competition which is why watching their games is just too exciting for a neutral.
On Sunday, it was the same case as Rafael Benitez bade goodbye to another title winning opportunity with Chelsea. The Europa Cup remains his only chance of winning silverware with Chelsea, before he is asked to clear his desk at the end of the season.
A loss at Goodison Park against a determined Everton side might be enough to end Manchester City’s hope for a second consecutive Premier League title.
Manchester City’s dramatic league win last season divided football fans world over between the two halves of Manchester. The injection of towering finances had finally seemed to bear fruit as Roberto Mancini marshalled his men to the summit of England’s top-most football honour. While nearly all football experts believed in a fierce rivalry to have been born in terms of competence within Manchester, the season that followed did not suggest so.
With nine games to go, Mancini’s Blues are way short of successfully defending there “champions” label, with the Red half of Manchester nearing to a 20th league title. Last season’s win saw City win a trophy in the top division of English football after 44 years, and in the current scenario it might have to wait again before winning it back.
The title race is far from being over, with 10 games still to go Manchester United have not won the Premier League yet mathematically. But with a 12 points cushion over City the Red Devils will most likely cruise to their 20th league title.
Manchester City enjoyed a memorable term last year as they won the league title for the first time in over 40 years. The Citizens were widely expected to continue their blistering form to the new season, having already strengthened their squad with fresh recruits in the summer. However things turned out to be very different and City have had an unsatisfactory season. They were humiliated in the Champions League finishing at the bottom in their group and are now on the verge of failing to defend their league title.
Manchester United and Manchester City have both lost three matches in the league, but it is the eight matches City have drawn compared to United’s two which has led to them trailing in the table. Let’s take a look at five matches which might have lost City the League title this season.
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has claimed, that the Etihad side can still beat favourites Manchester United to the title. The Argentinean has urged his teammates to show the same spirit which led them to a title victory last season.
United’s noisy neighbours City, are currently trailing by 12 points to the leaders who show no sign of throwing away the title like they did last season. Aguero himself accepts the fact, that the current situation makes it very difficult for them to win the Premier League crown.
Whereas Roberto Mancini’s men have been on a very inconsistent run, having uselessly dropped points, their rivals Manchester United have shown no mercy. The side have not lost a single match in the league, in the last three months. Their last defeat surprisingly came at the hands of struggling Reading, who beat the Red Devils at the Madejski Stadium.
On Sunday reigning Champions, Manchester City will face Chelsea in a battle for the second spot in the Barclays Premier League. Both the clubs have spent big in the transfer market over the years, but which of the two has been more efficient?
Owned by business tycoon Roman Abramovich, the Russian has made a massive investment in the club lifting them from a mid table team to current European Champions. During his ten years as Chelsea owner, the Russian has spent over a billion dollars on players and managers, however not all his spendings have been astute.
Probably the first name which springs to mind, the Spanish striker was signed from Liverpool for a hefty 50 million pounds making him the fifth most expensive signing in Football history. The Spanish striker has failed to live up to his transfer fees and has been a mere shadow of his former self.
Manchester City were dealt a big blow very early into the 2012-13 campaign when Argentine striker Kun Aguero went down with a knee injury. The man who helped bring the EPL title back to the blue side of Manchester was now laying on the pitch in pain to the disbelief of on looking fans.
Fortunately for Aguero, City fans and Manchester City themselves, Aguero’s injury appears to be less worrying than originally expected. After looking at multiple angles of the play, many feared he had serious ligament damage which could have caused him to miss upwards of three or four months.
Aguero quickly put City fans at ease after taking to his Twitter account to tell everyone that he was doing better than expected.
The last 15 meetings between Manchester City and Fulham in the Premier League have produced goals at both ends of the pitch. Will any of these teams keep a clean sheet on Saturday?
Manchester City must recover from their crucial defeat to Everton. The Citizens got punished by a former Manchester United boy, Darron Gibson. His goal proved to be the difference at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.
Roberto Mancini and his men are leveled on points with Man United at the top of the English Premier League standings. Both teams have 54 points after 23 games. The Red Devils might stumble away to Chelsea this weekend so Manchester City can look forward to seizing their opportunities this weekend.
Meanwhile, Fulham will need to overcome the psychological blow of losing key player Sidwell to a long-term injury. Martin Jol confirmed the news on Thursday by stating the following according to ESPN:
The FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011 gala is 35 days away from taking place and the shortlists for the men’s awards have been revealed.
Most football fans are particularly interested in the player award nomination. Lionel Messi, who is the reigning champion, is poised to retain his title. However, his 2011 Copa America fiasco with Argentina could cost him a ball made of gold. A potential contender would be Luis Suarez. The ex-Ajax striker was controversially omitted from the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or award list.
Expectedly, Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named alongside Messi whereas Sergio Aguero, Nani, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez are the only English Premier League-based players in the list.
Interestingly, young Brazilian star Neymar is part of it. Copa America hero Diego Forlan and Anzhi Makhachkala’s Samuel Eto’o have been included as well.
Sunday’s Manchester United vs Manchester City match will not just be a derby. It will actually be about the current battle at the top of the English Premier League table.
The undefeated Manchester City club has been impressive this season in the EPL, having recorded 7 wins in 8 games played. They have also been quite precise in front of goal, averaging a bit more than 3 goals per encounter.
Their tight defence has enabled them to secure a goal difference of +21; but more importantly, City lead the overall standings with 22 points. This means they are only 2 points ahead of arch-rivals Manchester United.
Undoubtedly, their lead has yet to be a comfortable one. What matters though - at least for now - is that they have a big advantage, which they could use to increase their chances of realizing their title dream before the end of the league race.
Sergio Aguero struck in the fourth minute of injury time to hand Manchester City a dramatic 2-1 win over Villarreal in Group A play.
City still sit outside the top two qualification spots in a difficult Group A, but are now only one point below second placed SSC Napoli.
Roberto Mancini had told the official UEFA website this week that this was a game his team would “need to win.” With those words ringing in their ears, it must have doubled the pressure when Villarreal took a 4th minute lead courtesy of Cani.
Joe Hart had saved a long range Giuseppe Rossi strike, but Spanish midfielder Cani was on hand to turn home the rebound.
City pressed forward in search of an equalizer, with Aleksandar Kolarov forcing Diego Lopez into a smart save from a free kick, before blazing another effort wide of the target.
Manchester City dropped their first points of the Premier League season when they drew 2-2 with Fulham at Craven Cottage.
City got off to a good start when David Silva played in Sergio Aguero to open the scoring inside of 20 minutes.
The lead was doubled just 12 seconds into the second half, when Gael Clichy’s long pass was head down by Edin Dzeko, and Aguero fired past Mark Schwarzer. City fans could have been forgiven for thinking at that point that another win was on its way, though that is not how things transpired.
Firt Bobby Zamora fired into the top corner from 20 yards out, and then Danny Murphy beat Joe Hart with a deflected shot earn a share of the points.
After beginning the season with four consecutive wins, scoring 15 goals in the process, this game was the second time in a week City have shown flaws.
In an early season run of record-breaking for his team, Wayne Rooney, Saturday, became only the fourth player in history to record back-to-back hat-tricks in Premier League football, emulating the feats of Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Didier Drogba before him.
Rooney’s treble also took him onto 125 PL career goals, leapfrogging over Nicolas Anelka and Robbie Keane, two of only four current players who prior to Saturday, had been above him in the list. Frank Lampard (140) and club-mate Michael Owen (149) are now firmly in his sights.
The Croxteth-born striker is now #10 in the all-time PL top-scorers list, but has still got some way to go to match the 260 PL goals scored by former England captain Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers & Newcastle United. At 25 though, time is on his side.
With Rooney’s already burgeoning reputation growing apace with his new hair, United have set the standard for the rest to follow this term.
It’s time to look at the 10 players that top the list of this summer’s most expensive transfer signings.
Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Juan Mata are of course part of this chart. Note that all transfer fees figures are as seen on Futebolbusiness.com.
1) Sergio Aguero—from Atletico Madrid to Manchester City
Kun Aguero cost Manchester City €45M. After several weeks of work behind the scenes, Atletico Madrid and the Sky Blues finally reached an agreement for the star striker who wanted his future sorted as quickly as possible. Sergio Aguero, whose Copa America goals failed to inspire Argentina to glory in July, ended his 5-year spell in the Spanish capital this summer.
At Atletico Madrid, Sergio Aguero made 234 appearances. He scored 102 goals and produced 37 assists. His transfer to Manchester City has proven to be a good one thus far. Sergio Aguero made an instant impact by scoring a formidable brace on his debut as a Sky Blue.