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MAN CITY v NORWICH: OPPOSITION VIEW

30 October 2015

MANCHESTER CITY
 
Nickname: The Citizens
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
2014-15: 2nd
Ground: Etihad Stadium

PELLEGRINI
ON SATURDAY
Past results have no significance when it was comes to this weekend's game, says Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean's Manchester City side beat the Canaries 7-0 when the pair last met at the Etihad Stadium in 2013, though Norwich did triumph 3-2 the season before.



"We cannot think about two seasons ago with Norwich, it’s different, another team, other names, another moment," he told the press on Friday.

“We’re not thinking about Sevilla, just Norwich – we must continue at the top of the table. After we finish we’ll see which are the better players to play against Sevilla.”

STAR PLAYER
Kevin De Bruyne has wasted no time this season in justifying his big money move from Wolfsburg.

The ex-Chelsea winger signed for a reported club-record fee of £55m from the German side after a protracted chase last summer.



Belgium regular De Bruyne, 24, has since scored six goals in just eleven appearances to help propel his new team to the Premier League summit.

With Sergio Aguero and David Silva both likely to miss out on Saturday's game, City will be looking for the dynamic midfielder to once again step up and perform.

LAST TIME OUT
Manchester City booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup after routing Crystal Palace 5-1 on Tuesday.

Wilfried Bony and Kevin De Bruyne opened up a two-goal cushion for Manuel Pellegrini's side prior to half-time at the Etihad Stadium.



Promising striker Kelechi Iheanacho netted after the break before Yaya Toure added a fourth with a 76th minute penalty.

Damien Delaney bagged a consolation goal for Palace but Manuel Garcia's slotted finish in stoppage time ensured that City had the final say.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Willy Caballero, Joe Hart, Richard Wright.

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, Jason Denayer, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany (c), Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta.

Midfielders
: Fabian Delph, Fernando, Fernandinho, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Patrick Roberts, Yaya Toure, Bruno Zuculini.

Attackers: Sergio Aguero, Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho.



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