Manchester City media round-up: Mancini brands Pellegrini 'lucky' for current position

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

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been quoted by ESPN suggesting Manuel Pellegrini has been lucky at the club.

The Italian has suggested that Pellegrini inherited a readymade side, with the possibility to fine tune things in the transfer market.

Mancini guided City to their first Premier League title before he was relieved of his duties at the Etihad.

“I think Pellegrini was really lucky because he got this team that is a strong team and he has a chance to put in more good players,” he said.

The Daily Mail has suggested that City’s Champions League match against Barcelona this evening could be the biggest of Pellegrini’s career at the club so far.

The paper has suggested it’s the pivotal game in the club’s season, with the boss under pressure to save his own job.

There have been suggestions that Pellegrini could lose his job if City exit the Champions League, trailing Barca 2-1, and fail to retain the Premier League title.

Manchester City’s under-19 side had a day to forget as they crashed out of the UEFA Youth League yesterday, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The City youngsters lost 2-1 at the hands of Roma, which was enough to see them exit the competition after a good group stage.

There will also be question marks over the discipline of the team after they ended the match with only nine men.

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