Manchester City latest: Fourth favourite for CL, Zuculini in?

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As the dust settles on the post match reaction from Manchester City's 3-2 win in Germany, the knockout newcomers are now placed fourth favourite to win the Champions League trophy at the end of the season.

The game in Germany was one of both highs and lows, and at half-time you could forgive the Manchester United fans cynical laughter at their rivals and City fans for turning off the television. However, Pellegrini must have turned in a Winston Churchill like speech because the former Premier League Champions were able to turn the game completely on its head and came off 3-2 winners.

Pep Guardiola made no excuses at the end of the game, and paid tribute to the brilliant Manchester City comeback:

''When you play in Europe and you play against good teams like Manchester City, always this situation can happen.

''You have to accept this defeat and understand how difficult it is to come back and play good.

''Congratulations to City, I also congratulated my players in the changing room for finishing top of their group.''

The win seems to have impressed the bookies anyway, and City now sit above their Premier League rivals and the likes of Dortmund, PSG and Juventus for the trophy. 


Once again there have been various rumours circling Manchester City and as the January window encroaches it is only going to get worse. In the past couple of days, City have seen themselves linked to Neuer, Suarez and Pique whilst it may be exciting, it's more than likely rubbish.

However, there seems to be one name cropping up that could have a bit of weight behind it.

20-year-old Bruno Zuculini is expected to join the club within the next year for a fee around £1.5m. The Argentine under-20 international is the brother of Argentine midfielder Franco [Zuculini] and is considered as one of South America's brightest talents that has attracted a wide range of interest across Europe including rivals Manchester United.

For now, I guess City fans should just wait and see but it looks like they may have pulled off a masterstroke.


And finally, former City manager Roberto Mancini has managed with Galatasaray what he struggled to do with Manchester City... qualify for the Champions League last 16.

Galatasaray managed to pull off a shock 1-0 win in their crunch match with Juventus, thanks to a 85th minute Wesley Sneijder goal. Former striker Carlos Tevez also played in the game, enduring a torrid afternoon and being booked in the process.

All eyes will be on who completes the teams in the final 16 tonight, and who City could meet in the next round.

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