Manchester City

MAN CITY LEAVE IT LATE

Manchester City had to fight hard to defeat an initially resilient Southampton in their most recent fixture in the Premier League. The manager Pep Guardiola was relieved that the team were able to break the Saints down, especially after they had seen title rivals Manchester United win so emphatically against Watford the night before.

City are among the title favourites and they typically start strong in their Premier League matches but it was not easy when they clashed with Southampton, with both teams struggling to find their stride, and Manchester City needing a late, late intervention from Raheem Sterling to get them their full 3 points. The time on the clock was 90 + 6 when the ball flew over the line, and gave City the narrowest of victories. While they were not in danger of losing, it was difficult to get the goals in against a solid and stodgy Soton side that never really gave the City defence much of an examination.

CITY STILL BELIEVE

The confidence of the Manchester City players is really remarkable. Despite having slipped to no. 4, they are still expecting themselves to go on and deny Chelsea from lifting the Premier League trophy this season.

Jesus Navas, one of the biggest flops for Manchester City in the last couple of years, feels Chelsea will have a slip up somewhere down the line in the remaining weeks and that will open the door for the Sky Blues.

TEVEZ ON CITY

Carlos Tevez was the captain of Manchester City when City had won the FA Cup in 2011. Tevez is not the City skipper any more, but, he is still a vital member of the squad. The Argentinean striker was talking to the reporters ahead of City’s fifth round FA Cup match against Leeds United which is going to be played at Etihad Stadium.

When asked how much this competition matters for the club, Tevez said, “This is a very important competition and the whole team is determined to win it. We had won this competition in 2011 and we want to repeat that in this season.”

MANCINI THANKS LUCK

The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that the team was extremely lucky in the 2-0 win over Wigan in the midweek action.

Manchester City needed a win from this match in order to at least stay in touch with Manchester United if not overtake them in the title race. They managed to take all three points from this match after goals from James Milner and Mario Balotelli in the space of 2 min in the second half. Due to the fact that United also managed to win the match, this victory helps City keep in touch with the leaders at the top of the table.

MANCINI PLAYS DOWN TITLE

Even though Manchester City capped a remarkable comeback in the Premier league after the 1-0 win, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini refused to say that his team were the favourites to win the title this season.

Silva sends City back top

A David Silva goal was enough to fire Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League.

The Sky Blues had been sitting in second place after Manchester United defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-0 in the lunchtime kick off, but by the time the day’s action was over a 1-0 City win over Arsenal was enough to put them back in pole position.

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