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Speculation is growing that this may be Manuel Pellegrini’s last season in charge at Manchester City, as the club are reportedly unhappy with the way the season is turning out. Despite once again splashing the cash on players like Mangala and Wilfried Bony, City have struggled to put together a strong defence for the league title.
Further, they have also been knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage once again. City have never successfully defended a Premier League title in their history. Pellegrini won the League Cup and the league title in his first season, but he is reportedly facing the sack before the end of the campaign.
One of the signings, Fernando says that the South American has been a huge influence on the team. Him along with many other players have learned a great deal from Pellegrini and they want the manager to stay. A 1-0 defeat against Burnley has put City as rank outsiders for the league title. There is even the danger of Arsenal overtaking them into second place if the poor form continues. City have managed only 16 points from the last available 33. There has also been criticism of Pellegrini that he still relies upon the squad built by Roberto Mancini.
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Manuel Pellegrini saw his team suffer a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Championship outfit Middlesbrough at the Etihad stadium. Manchester City have already suffered a couple of defeats in front of their supporters this season.
The latest comes just days after they were defeated 2-0 by an Arsenal team who are now looking like being capable of playing against the top teams. The 2-0 defeat against Middlesbrough means that City will shift their focus to just the Premier League and the Champions League. Pellegrini said that Middlesbrough deserve this victory because they played much better than his team.
City created a few opportunities in the first half, but witnessed themselves going down to a goal from Chelsea loan star Patrick Bamford in the second half.
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Samir Nasri reckons if Manchester City gets a little bit of a favored draw, they would be able to clear the knockout stages and reach the final of the Champions League.
Nasri was one of the players who shook the net the other night for the Sky Blues playing against the Italian club Roma.
It was an away game and the odds were not in City’s favor. A loss would have taken them out of the competition, but, the spirit that they showed was appreciable.
According to Nasri, from the position which his team was in with two games to go, it was an absolute miracle for them to move ahead to the knockouts in Europe.
Speaking before flying back to Manchester, Nasri said, “It was nothing short of miracle. The problems that we have countered this season, the injuries and everything, we have done a fabulous job to be able to get there and I believe if we fire on all cylinders in the knockouts and the draw is in our favour a little bit, we can go right to the end.”
“If the ability is taken into account, I don’t think there are too many clubs around the world that have a better team than us. I might be sounding biased at the moment I know that, but, we have got a wonderful squad really. All we need is to play to our potential.”
Now that City has made the knockouts, there are much more expectations with them. When asked if it is going to add to the pressure on the players, the Frenchman said, “Not particularly, the pressure is everywhere. It’s not that there is any less pressure when we play in the Premier league. The fans always expect more and more from us.”
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