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CITY v MAN CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

10 March 2016

MANCHESTER CITY

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

PELLEGRINI ON THE TITLE RACE
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists his side still harbour aspirations of winning the Barclays Premier League ahead of visiting Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Citizens currently lie in fourth place and ten points behind surprise leaders Leicester City after an indifferent run of form in recent weeks - albeit with a game in hand.

Speaking to the media following their 4-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend, Pellegrini said: "We need to beat Norwich and after that we will try to win every game.



"We are going to play every game as a final. All of the teams will lose points from now until the end of the season because the pressure comes more towards the end.

"If Arsenal, Leicester and Tottenham lose points then we need to close the gap. Our experience will be important and we are going to be involved in the title race until the very end. 

"The margin for error is very small but this team has the experience to win the title."

STAR PLAYER
Sergio Aguero is closing in on a place in Manchester City's top-ten all-time goalscorers following his brace against Aston Villa last Saturday.

Those two goals took the Argentina international to 128 strikes in all competitions for the Citizens, having signed from Atletico Madrid for a reported £38million in the summer of 2011.

The forward is now looking to pass Frank Roberts' tally of 130, while also being just 50 goals shy of netting the most in the Club's history.



"It would be a major achievement if I can enter the top ten but I'd rather focus on my next goal than the ones I've scored so far," Aguero told mcfc.co.uk.

"Breaking a record would be very nice as they are meant to be broken in the first place. If I do it, then I hope it doesn’t last for many years.

"That would mean the Club can keep growing thanks to the efforts of other prolific players."

LAST TIME OUT
Manchester City bounced back from a run of three consecutive league defeats by sweeping aside Aston Villa in their most recent Barclays Premier League game.

Following losses to Leicester, Tottenham and Liverpool, Manuel Pellegrini's team went into the match aware three points was a must in order to keep their faltering title bid alive.

They were kept at bay at the Etihad Stadium until the interval, only for a flurry of second half goals to eventually secure a comprehensive 4-0 victory.


Yaya Toure opened the scoring shortly after the restart, before a Micah Richards error against his former side allowed Sergio Aguero to double the advantage just moments later.

Aguero added his second - and City's third - on the hour-mark, ahead of Raheem Sterling notching a fourth for the hosts midway through the half. 

Things could have been even better for the Citizens, but Aguero spurned his chance of a hat-trick by striking the post with a penalty late on.

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, Yaya Toure.

Attackers
: Sergio Aguero, Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho.



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