Manchester City media round-up: Deschamps defends himself in Nasri row

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

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has the wrong attitude for the French national side, according to Didier Deschamps as quoted by ESPN.

The France boss has suggested that Nasri wasn’t willing to listen to him in relation to his advice over where he needed to improve.

“I had the opportunity each time to talk with him, to say what was wrong -- he did not hear or did not listen,” he said.

Nasri’s only focus needs to be performing well in every game for his club and the call from his country should eventually follow.

Nasri has been quoted by the Irish Times suggesting his team have been guilty of respecting Barcelona too much in the past.

The two huge clubs are about to meet in the first leg of their last 16 clash in the Champions League.

“I think we respect them too much but we weren’t experienced [enough] to compete with a club like this,” said Nasri.

City will be hoping to build a first leg advantage, which they can defend looking ahead to the second game at the Nou Camp.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has told the Daily Star that he hasn’t spoken to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The pair are close friends because of their relationship in the Argentina setup, but they haven’t spoken since the clubs were out together in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League.

“No, we haven't spoken because there is nothing to say,” said the defender.

City’s centre-backs need to be switched on to the Messi threat when the clubs meet at the Etihad this evening.

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