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Swansea City vs West Bromwich(WBA) preview - Monk set for Swans return

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA46 hits

Captain Garry Monk is set for a first appearance of the season in Swansea's Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom. The defender is likely to return from a niggling foot problem, and his availability is a welcome boost for manager Brendan Rodgers, who is faced with a defensive crisis. Monk and Ashley Williams are the only fit centre-halves that Rodgers can call upon, with Alan Tate (brok...Full Story »

Bolton Wanderers vs Norwich City preview - Coyle could ring changes

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA63 hits

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is likely to freshen up his side for thes visit of Norwich after last weekend's 5-0 defeat to Manchester United. New signings David Ngog and Tuncay Sanli both scored for the reserves in midweek while right-back Gretar Steinsson is pushing for a recall. Midfielder Stuart Holden is close to a first-team return after six months out with a knee ligament injury but is like...Full Story »

City tries to bounce back from European setback

Posted Friday, September 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport35 hits

LONDON (AP)—After having its wings clipped by Napoli in the Champions League, Manchester City will look to rediscover its dynamic early-season Premier League form when the team travels to Fulham on Sunday. City’s expensively assembled forward line, which has scored a total of 15 goals in the team’s four straight league victories, needed left back Aleksandar Kolarov’s sup...Full Story »

Barry calls for City to adapt

Posted Friday, September 16, 2011 by teamtalk.com77 hits

Barry: Knows squad have to make step up Midfielder Gareth Barry accepts Manchester City may have to curb some of their attacking instincts to succeed against Europe's elite teams. Roberto Mancini's side have scored at will on the domestic front - rattling up 15 goals in four Premier League matches - but found that form difficult to replicate on their Champions League debut as they were held to...Full Story »

Vincent Kompany: Manchester City has as much a chance as anyone of winning the Champions League

Posted Thursday, September 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport44 hits

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City now has to focus on making it way out of Group A in the Champions League, and feels if the club does progress it can go all the way. The Etihad Stadium outfit grabbed a draw at home in its first ever game in the competition, against Napoli. Now that the opener is out of the way, the Belgian defender feels that the focus can return to qualifying for the ...Full Story »

Mancini’s at ease with Manchester City ‘Debut’ boys

Posted Thursday, September 15, 2011 by hits

Manchester City's Yaya Toure won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2009 MANCHESTER CITY might be newcomers to the Champions League but, as Roberto Mancini points out, his players are hardly European rookies. Roberto Mancini’s squad to face fellow debutants Napoli tonight boasts 288 Champions League appearances between them – including two winners of the competition in Yaya Tou...Full Story »

Khaldoon star trek for Next Generation as City take on Barcelona

Posted Thursday, September 15, 2011 by 48 hits

During a rare lunch with Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak last season, it became clear just how exacting the standards of those running the world's richest club can be. Talking about a youth system that had brought dozens of players through to the fringes of the club's first team over the past decade, it was surprising to learn that Khaldoon was not particularly impressed with the ...Full Story »

Can Man City make Champions League history?

Posted Thursday, September 15, 2011 by hits

SERG OF PAIN ... City striker Sergio Aguero tumbles over Paolo Cannavaro's challenge SUNSPORT assesses how mega-spenders Man City will fare in their first Champions League season — after they opened with a 1-1 home draw with Napoli. Where are they strong? PRETTY much everywhere — Roberto Mancini's squad is envied across Europe. Look at who did not start tonight — Carlos Tev...Full Story »

Manchester City 1 : 1 Napoli - Kolarov comes to City`s aid

Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by PA10 hits

Manchester City had defender Aleksandar Kolarov to thank for ensuring their much-celebrated Champions League debut did not become an anti-climax at home to Napoli. The Serbia international succeeded in securing a 1-1 draw, on a night when the likes of Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko, David Silva and, late on, Carlos Tevez failed to score. The equaliser was no less than City deserved hav...Full Story »

Manchester City toy with options for Champions League visit of Napoli

Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by theguardian.com188 hits

Roberto Mancini is almost spoilt for choice as he contemplates how to take on fellow Champions League debutants Napoli Manchester City's Sergio Agüero, left, and Carlos Tevez enjoy a sprint in training as they prepare for Wednesday's Champions League visit of Napoli. Manchester City are about to step into a brave new world and when it comes to the significance of the moment, it is probab...Full Story »

City boss Roberto Mancini’s son rise

Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by hits

Ride on ... Roberto Mancini gets on his bike Roberto Mancini admits he dare not flop in front of his biggest critic tonight. The Manchester City boss will be watched by father Aldo, 75, as the club make their Champions League bow against Napoli. It will be the first time Mancini Snr has been in the crowd since his boy took charge at the Etihad in December 2009. He suffered a serious heart at...Full Story »

Manchester City vs Napoli preview - Mancini backs City to cope

Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by PA398 hits

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is excited by his Champions League challenge but expects the group stage to prove tough. City make their eagerly-anticipated first appearance in Europe's elite club competition as they host Italian side Napoli, who finished third in Serie A last season. With German giants Bayern Munich and Spaniards Villarreal also alongside them in Group A, Mancini beli...Full Story »

Diego Maradona has told Sergio Aguero he can clear up at Manchester City

Posted Tuesday, September 13, 2011 by The Sun173 hits

DIEGO MARADONA has told Sergio Aguero he has found the perfect club in Manchester City — and can win the lot at the Etihad.The Argentina icon had been concerned for some time that his son-in-law was wasting his talent with Atletico Madrid. So he was delighted when Aguero made his £35million switch to Manchester in the summer. The Argy hitman has already notched six Premier League ...Full Story »

Norwich City 0 : 1 West Bromwich(WBA) - Odemwingie does for Canaries

Posted Sunday, September 11, 2011 by PA17 hits

Peter Odemwingie's early goal proved enough to give West Brom their first Barclays Premier League win of the season as they beat Norwich 1-0. The Nigerian capitalised on a mix-up between Ritchie de Laet and rookie keeper Declan Rudd, in for the suspended John Ruddy, to fire the Baggies ahead on three minutes. Norwich, now without a victory in four league games, had a few half-chances but did n...Full Story »

Brechin City 0 - 1 Forfar Athletic - Forfar enjoy away-day win

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 by PA7 hits

Christopher Templeman scored Forfar's winner as they recorded their first away win of the season with a 1-0 victory at Brechin. In a first half of few chances, the home side almost opened the scoring after 43 minutes when David McKenna's header came back off the post. And with Forfar creating more in the second period, they were rewarded on the hour when Martyn Fotheringham's corner fell to Te...Full Story »

Arsenal 1 - 0 Swansea City - Gunners up and running

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 by PA16 hits

Arsenal got their Barclays Premier League campaign up and running with a 1-0 win over gallant Swansea at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were in need of a response following their 8-2 humiliation at Manchester United before the international break. However, for long periods the Swans - coached by assistants Colin Pascoe and Alan Curtis as manager Brendan Rodgers missed the game following the...Full Story »

Stoke City 1 - 0 Liverpool - Walters wins it as Reds wobble

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 by PA30 hits

Liverpool stumbled over a familiar hurdle at the Britannia Stadium as they lost 1-0 and slipped to their first defeat of the season. In four visits to Stoke since the Potters earned promotion to the Barclays Premier League, the Reds have collected just two points and lost their last two matches. Not since 1968 have Stoke recorded back-to-back home league wins over Liverpool and the result brou...Full Story »

Manchester City 3 - 0 Wigan Athletic - Aguero treble keeps Tevez in the shade

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 by PA13 hits

Sergio Aguero scored a brilliant Barclays Premier League hat-trick in a 3-0 win against Wigan to overshadow completely the return of his compatriot Carlos Tevez to the Manchester City starting line-up. Aguero was almost unplayable as he vied for the man-of-the-match honours with equally impressive David Silva. As for Tevez, his less-than-rapturous welcome from the City faithful was compounded ...Full Story »

Norwich City vs West Bromwich(WBA) preview - Rudd set to start for City

Posted Sunday, September 11, 2011 by PA164 hits

Norwich manager Paul Lambert has "no fear" about throwing rookie keeper Declan Rudd into Barclays Premier League action against West Brom on Sunday. The 20-year-old is set to deputise for John Ruddy, who must serve a one-match ban after his sending off at Chelsea before the international break. Diss-born Rudd only has a handful of appearances to his name, including the 4-0 Carling Cup defeat t...Full Story »

Mancini strips Tevez of City captaincy

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 by YAHOO Sport72 hits

Carlos Tevez's 'love hate' relationship with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini took another turn for the worse on Saturday as the Argentinian was permanently stripped of the captaincy. Tevez—who has recently spoken of his turbulent relations with Mancini—has been replaced by Belgian central defender Vincent Kompany, skipper in their three Premier League matches this season. "...Full Story »

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