All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend…
Manchester City failed to take full advantage of Arsenal’s Anfield mauling on Saturday, as Norwich City held them to a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.
As impressive as the result was for the Canaries, the Blues were someway short of their devastating best and could only muster two shots on target during the 90 minutes.
Speaking after the match, manager Manuel Pellegrini cited a lack of fully-fit players for a reason for the club’s recent dip.
“The team was more affected by the amount of players who were not 100% fit,” he told the BBC. “Especially the three strikers, Sergio Aguero, Negredo and Dzeko. During the last weeks or the last week, they are not 100%.”
But they will need to be if they wish to come out on top in arguably the tightest Premier League title race ever.
The pair came up against each other in injury time and while the incident was not seen by the referee, the FA could issue a three-match ban if the Ivorian is found guilty.
That is something Pellegrini refused to discuss after the match.
And finally, the Independent reports that City have secured commercial interest in two Portuguese clubs – Gil Vicente and Boavista.
The report claims the agreement will give City what it calls a “competitive advantage” in recruiting Brazilian players from the country due to Portugal’s immigration treaty with Brazil.
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