Manchester City join Chelsea as the favourites to lift the FA Cup this season.

The top English sides will battle Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur respectively for a place in the final. While it a difficult task, they hold a slight advantage ahead of the clash next month.

The bookies favour both sides to move ahead but Chelsea are still the likely club to do the double – with their Premier League advantage.

Pep Guardiola’s men booked their spot in the last four with a big victory away at Middlesbrough. They have not won the tournament since the 2010/11 season; in fact, they are reaching the last four for the first time in four years. Betfair places them 2/1 in the odds of beating the Blues to the title in May.

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Howard Happy To Be Back

Howard has made his entry to the United States after 13 years in the football league.

He would be playing for the Colorado Rapids, the winner of MLS Cup in 2010 in a stadium in the suburbs of Denver. Tim Howard, who played for Metro Stars has made his appearance in over 100 matches for the national team. He has a record for being a good goalkeeper and also worked as a spokesman for soccer. Howard had worked as a commentator for some of the telecasts of premier league and was indeed brilliant.

Howard was replaced by Joel Robles at mid season at Everton who fired Roberto Martinez, the coach. There were only 2 matches started by Howard of the final 18 matches. The contract of Howard has been extended through 2019 and he is eagerly waiting to prove that he can achieve the league. He is confident and has the ability of showing his world class skills. Howard said that there were only a few talented performers in the football league but now there are a whole lot of them that are becoming successful at a younger age. You can see some of the teenagers playing the major roles in the league today, which was not there when he left the league.

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Manuel Pellegrini believes he made a mistake in announcing the arrival of Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini has stated that he made a mistake in announcing the arrival of Pep Guardiola.

He believes that this announcement has had an impact on his team, and he would think twice before taking such decision again. Indeed, Manchester City failed to mount a serious challenge this year and only qualified for the Champions League in the last game of the season.

He said that he took the decision to protect all the other managers. There were news that Guardiola was going to Arsenal, was going to Manchester United or Chelsea. For him, it was the best thing to do in order to protect all the other managers and remove the pressure on their shoulders.

Manuel Pellegrini believes that this has had a serious impact on the players, and that was evident with the players losing 3 games in a row. This was the end of their title challenge and caused the players to lose focus. He said it was difficult to motivate the players afterward and that the team did not fully recover after this announcement.

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Manuel Pellegrini comments on Sky Blues

Manuel Pellegrini does not want the Sky Blues to let the much hyped European Cup Round of 4 tie against Real Madrid distract them.

City has to take the pitch thrice in Premiership before the opening leg of the grand tie comes knocking.

According to Pellegrini, at this point, the first task is not the Real Madrid match, but, the Chelsea match and a couple of others too and all of them carry huge value.

It’s always a bit hesitating to say in case of Manchester City that they have no chance to be the Premiership champions as it’s only in the last couple of weeks in 2012 and 2014 that they had changed the standings dramatically to clinch the crown.

But, this time around, even if you take their past heroics and immense resources into account, you would probably not feel as if they would do it again especially with Leicester scripting their fairy tale as well as they are.

So, what City is realistically looking for now is to be in first 4 and that’s something which they are still very much in control of as they are the 4th placed team having got 57 points in their 32 games.

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Sergio Aguero has been struggling to hit his top form in the 2015-16 season

Sergio Aguero has been struggling to hit his top form in the 2015-16 season, but even then he is indispensable to the team according to manager Manuel Pellegrini. The manager was speaking after watching his star striker scored twice in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

This victory made it five unbeaten games in the Premier league for the blues. But disappointment comes from the fact that we have been able to take only three wins during this period. As well, Arsenal have been able to stretch their advantage in the league.

Aguero finished as the league’s top scorer last season by a comfortable margin, but it looks like he will struggle to retain the Golden Boot award in this campaign. A return of 10 goals in 15 appearances does sound great, but it looks mediocre in comparison with the figures put by the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy this season. Furthermore, five of the 10 goals scored by the Argentine have all come in just one game. There is little doubt that Pellegrini will want to see Aguero return to his best form sooner rather than later. For the time being, he is just about happy that his star striker has delivered yet again.

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Manuel Pellegrinihas a busy summer transfer window

Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrinihas a summer wish-list which includes players such as: Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling just to name a few of the performers that he wants to sign within the next few weeks.

The Chilean manager is under heavy pressure after failing to win any trophy in this past season and he was even being rumored of getting the sacked treatment due to this failure but the head chiefs of Manchester City decided to give Manuel Pellegrini one more season, one more chance for him to step it up and start lifting major trophies.

Manchester City concluded the past season on the 2nd spot and even though it was a very good position to end their campaign, they were never truly considered to be as genuine contenders of competing against Chelsea.

Chelsea dominated the Premier League in the previous season but Manuel Pellegrini is hoping that he can change this and turn Manchester City into the champions of England.

Manuel Pellegrini already has at his disposal top quality players such as: Sergio Aguero, YayaToure, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and David Silva but the Chilean manager wants to improve his team even further and he has a large list of players that he desires to sign in the summer.

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Manuel Pellegrini suffered worst Defeat in FA Cup

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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