Manchester City latest: Early team news and PSG warn Blues off Matuidi

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Manchester City go into this evening's match against Tottenham Hotspur knowing a win will send them to the top of the Premier League table. But it will not be easy against a side who have impressed since the appointment of Tim Sherwood.

In early team news, Spurs are definitely without Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend, while the Blues are missing James Milner, Javi Garcia and Samir Nasri.

City will know that if they fail to take all three points, they could be leapfrogged by Chelsea if they win at home to West Ham United.

In other news, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been speaking about City’s reported interest in midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly an admirer of the PSG man, whose current deal expires in the summer, but Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe, “I am not worried because they know that if they touch one of our players, then we will be in opposition to them, and we will go and contact their players, too.

We respect all clubs, but if a club tries to buy one of our players, then it will have to face consequences.

“I don’t aim this at Manchester City, as from what I know, they did not contact Matuidi.”

And given those feelings, perhaps it is wise.

And finally, former City striker Mario Balotelli has been speaking about facing Joe Hart in a penalty shoot-out in Euro 2012, and the prospect of facing him again this summer.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, the Italian striker said, “What do I remember about penalties against Hart? Goal!”

The City stopper will be hoping to have the last laugh next time.

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