All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend…
The Blues twice went ahead, first through Yaya Toure and later Edin Dzeko, but the Villlans ultimately sealed the three points courtesy of strikes from Karim El Ahmadi, Leandro Bacuna and Andreas Weimann.
Speaking after the match, City boss Manuel Pellegrini said he would remain calm despite the setback.
“I must be patient,” he told the BBC. “It is important to stay calm.
“In general I was very happy with the way my team played and we deserved a different score.”
City were hoping to continue the fine form that had seen them trounce Manchester United and Wigan Athletic in the last week. But they found a Villa side in impressive form, with Ron Vlaar particularly impressive at the back.
While Pellegrini ponders his next move, former City manager Roberto Mancini looks set to take over at Galatasaray.
The Daily Mail reports that the Italian is set to sign a three-year deal with the Turkish giants.
The Belgian is currently in contract talks at Old Trafford, and the latest claims may simply be a way of forcing the best possible deal from his current employers. Or could City actually convince him to make the short trip to the Etihad?
Mancini was said to be a big fan of the St Etienne player, and Pellegrini is reportedly considering a £7million bid for the 18-year-old in January.
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