Manchester City morning round-up: Hard training schedule ahead of Newcastle game

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A round up of news stories this morning related to Manchester City.

The Daily Mail has reported that Manchester City are training hard ahead of their game against Newcastle this weekend.

The side are currently chasing a seven point gap to leaders Chelsea as they look to retain their Premier League title.

Midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Wilfried Bony are both back in the side after returning from successful African Cup of Nations campaigns.

Former Barcelona defender Sylvinho has told the Manchester Evening News he feels Manchester City have enough to beat the Spanish side.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team take on the Spanish giants in the next round of European games next week.

“City is improving every year in the Champions League, which is normal, and I think that they can beat Barcelona,” he said.

Barcelona will most likely be the betting favourites in the build up to the game but City should be confident over two games.

Manchester City owned Scott Sinclair has admitted to ESPN that his situation at Aston Villa has been weird.

The winger was drafted into his temporary club by Paul Lambert, who has since been sacked and replaced by Tim Sherwood.

He’ll now be focused on performing for his new manager over the coming weeks.

“It's been a weird one, Paul has brought me in and an awful lot has happened in that time,” said Sinclair.

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