Toure Unlikely To Start For Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast national team boss Sabri Lamouchi has stated that it is now looking highly unlikely that star midfielder Yaya Touré will be fit for the opening match against Japan. Ivory Coast will be taking on Japan in the first match of the tournament on June 14. The Manchester city star, Yaya Touré, is one of the important players. He is expected to shine at the World Cup 2014 and take Ivory Coast to the latter stages of the competition. He comes into the tournament on the back of a very good form that has seen him score more than 20 goals in all competitions from the midfield last season.

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Carragher Praises Pellegrini

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has stated that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini should deserve the credit for transforming this team into a winning outfit. Pellegrini was appointed as a replacement for Roberto Mancini in the summer. He is now set to win the league title in his debut campaign with the club. The club has already added the League Cup to its trophy cabinet. Pellegrini has not always been the most entertaining manager in terms of mind games, but Carragher says that he has made it count where it matters most – on the pitch.

TITLE CHANCE

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini takes his team to Anfield in order to defend the Premier league title chances, as even a draw could favour his team.

However, the Chilean has revealed that he does not plan to sit back on this advantage they have in the title race and says that attack is the best form of defence. City are in a comfortable position with only five matches left in the season. This is because they have two more games in hand over Liverpool, who won just four points ahead of them in that race.

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MILLS SLAMS PELLEGRINI

Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills says that Manuel Pellegrini should take the blame for the club’s 2-1 defeat against Wigan in the FA Cup.

The Chilean selected a team that had a couple of first-team players missing and it was thought that he had done so with the Barcelona midweek match in mind. City are chasing the Catalan club with a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

They could be noted out of the Champions League if they do not score at least two goals at the Camp Nou. However, City enjoyed the worst preparation for this match by losing to Wigan at the Etihad stadium.

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CITY LIFT THE CUP

Manchester City lifted the first trophy available for English clubs this campaign after winning the League Cup by beating Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley yesterday. This was also the first trophy for new manager Manuel Pellegrini, who said after the win that the club can build on this victory and get two more trophies this campaign.

City were initially looking to win the quadruple this campaign, but a 2-0 defeat in the first leg against Barcelona in the Champions League has reduced the hopes. They are now looking to achieve the famous domestic treble.

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MOYES BACKS UNITED

The manager of Manchester United, David Moyes, has praised his players for their improved performance against Swansea City.

The Red Devils put up a clinical show against Swansea at Old Trafford yesterday and secured a 2-0 win to avenge the defeat that they had suffered against the Jacks in the FA Cup last week.

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Real Madrid want Aguero over Suarez

Real Madrid might be very close to losing their concern in Luis Suarez, the Liverpool forward, and they probably attempt to go after Manchester City player Sergio Aguero instead. Real Madrid were expected to go back to Liverpool with an offer for Luis in summer after both attempting but failing to provoke the footballer to Sanitago Bernabeu in summer, stated a Brit tabloid. The European giants’ could be disappointed as Liverpool is reluctant to sell one of their important footballers.

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WINNING THOUGHTS

The manager of Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini, has said that his team will go into the Champions League match against Bayern Munich thinking about a win.

City started its Champions League campaign in style by defeating Viktoria Plzen by 3-0 last month. They consolidated that win with another superb performance in the derby match against Manchester United, but, in their last Premier League game against Aston Villa, the Citizens suffered an unexpected defeat by 2-3 which took them one position down in the points table.

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STRIKING OPTIONS

Manchester City looked short of options upfront only a few weeks ago after the sale of Carlos Tevez to Juventus for around £ 10 million.

However, they have since brought in two strikers in the space of a week and it has strengthened the squad significantly. New City manager Manuel Pellegrini has even claimed that the club now has the best strikeforce amongst all clubs in the Premier league. The squad already boasted the likes of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

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KIDD TAKES OVER

Former Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd, who has currently been placed as the caretaker manager at the club, has said that the season that just concluded has been a failure for the team.

City lifted the Premier league title last season, while they won the FA Cup in the previous year. However, they have ended the season without any major trophies. This led to the sacking of manager Roberto Mancini with two games left in the campaign. City played second fiddle to Manchester United all season long, while they were not any better in the European campaign as well.

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