Just as exciting as the actual battle for the title this year has been the battle of wits between our Manuel Pellegrini and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The former is a quiet, reserved and a man that seems to let his team do the talking on the pitch. The latter is almost the opposite in whereby he seems to never stop talking, playing mind games against opposition managers and his own team alike and tries to have the game won before the match even kicks off.
Manchester City go into tonight's game knowing that they have it all to do. They travel to Barcelona looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit in order to reach the next round of the Champions League. It's a huge ask, and one that former Leicester, Portsmouth and Birmingham striker Steve Claridge thinks is too much.
Manchester City host Barcelona this evening in the Champions League, so here are three key battles to look out for.
Manchester City have their biggest game of the season so far tonight, in my opinion. Forgetting about the Premier League and the League Cup, the Champions League is the cup that City have had their eye on for a while, so tonight's clash with Barcelona could prove massive. But how should they line up against the current La Liga holders?
Manchester City will have been licking their lips at West Brom clinching a draw with Chelsea last night, as it means that if they win tonight at home to Sunderland then they will top the Premier League table, as long as their bitter rivals United get something at Arsenal. City will be expected to beat the Black Cats with ease, but with Gus Poyet's side hitting a bit of form recently I believe it will be a tricky task. This is how I would line my players up if I was Manuel Pellegrini.
Partly fuelled by money from Abu Dhabi, we’ve seen City progress from being somewhere between a yo-yo club and top flight also-rans to genuine contenders for all major honours. Our recent form in all competitions hint at Manuel Pellegrini’s first season being a success. Adding a possible FA Cup, League or Champions League title to our silverware collection will make us seem more impressive.
With Arsenal slipping up against Southampton last night, Manchester City now have the chance to top the Premier League should they beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane tonight. With Spurs having won five of their last six though, it won't be an easy task, but Manuel Pellegrini will fancy his chances. Here is how I would play it if I was in charge of the Etihad side.
Manchester City have torn apart almost everything that has stood in front of them this season, especially at home. Manuel Pellegrini's demand for attacking football, combined with the megastars that are currently on the books at the Etihad Stadium has meant that City fans have been treated with some of the best football in the Premier League this season. However, for me they need a new top rate centre-back to come in and cement the backline with Vincent Kompany.
Manchester City are enjoying a successful season so far - they sit just a point behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, are in the knockout stages of the Champions League and are likely to reach the final of the League Cup. They are also into the fourth round of the FA Cup after thrashing Blackburn 5-0 last night. However the next six weeks will have to be played without one of their main attacking stars Samir Nasri, if Manuel Pellegrini's comments about the France international's injury are accurate.
Manchester City eased to a 5-0 win at home to Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup last night - here are three things we learned from the tie.
Manchester City striker John Guidetti joined Stoke on loan for the rest of the season earlier today, presenting the young striker an opportunity to have a good run of games in England.
Manchester City have had a tought time at centre-back this season, but their attack has ensured that they are still firmly in the race for the title. Worry not, Manuel Pellegrini, as I am on hand to suggest three centre-halves that could bolster your backline this month.