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NORWICH v MAN CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

7 January 2016

MANCHESTER CITY

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

CITY IN FOCUS
Manchester City are still on course to have a shot at winning all the competitions they entered this season despite some inconsistencies in their form.

Ahead of the weekend's Emirates FA Cup game at Carrow Road, Manuel Pellegrini's team have struggled away from home, winning just one of their last seven away matches in all competitions.



They remain just three points off the Premier League summit, however, and are in the last 16 of the Champions' League and the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Pellegrini's job remains under scrutiny, though, with rumours persisting about Pep Guardiola and his potential to take over the hotseat at the Etihad Stadium.

STAR PLAYER
David Silva has established himself as one of Man City's best-ever players over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The creative midfielder signed in a deal worth a reputed £24m from Valencia in July 2010, a month after helping Spain lift the World Cup.



He has since made well over 200 appearances for the Citizens, playing a hugely influential role in them winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Capital One Cup.

Silva, 30 on the Friday before this weekend's game, suffered an ankle injury earlier this season but he's still managed to feature 17 times, scoring twice.

LAST TIME OUT
City are fighting on both domestic cup fronts - but they will have to overturn a deficit to reach the Capital One Cup final after losing 2-1 to Everton on Wednesday.

In the first leg at Goodison Park, Manuel Pellegrini's side were beaten despite Jesus Navas ending personal goal drought that stretched back to September 2014.



The Spanish winger equalised in the second half from a clinical counter-attack after Ramiro Funes Mori had put the hosts in front on the brink of half-time.

Just two minutes later, however, Romelu Lukaku headed home Gareth Barry's cross to leave City with a tougher task in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium in three weeks' time.

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

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, 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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