Preview: Chelsea v Manchester City

Chelsea host Manchester City on Sunday in a match that could end the title aspirations of one of the competition’s two biggest spenders. Chelsea were cruising on top of the English Premier League at the end of October and a second successive title looked a formality, but almost five months on and the script has been given an extensive rewrite. The wheels began to fall off in early November, and…

March 18, 2011

Man City’s Kolo Touré Suspended For Failing Drugs Test

Manchester City have suspended Kolo Touré after he became the first footballer at a Premier League club to fail a drugs test since Adrian Mutu in 2004. Touré tested positive for a “specified substance” in a routine examination and City acted quickly after being informed by the Football Association that the former Arsenal defender is facing a range of punishments up to a two-year ban. The club have not released…

March 4, 2011

Yaya Touré Believes Manchester City Can Be Better Than Barcelona

Yaya Touré has made the extravagant boast that Manchester City’s spending power could produce a superior team to Barcelona. The Ivory Coast midfielder ended a three-year spell with the Spanish champions and Champions League favourites last summer when became the first footballer in Britain to earn more than £200,000 a week. While City are bidding to qualify for the Champions League for the first time, Pep Guardiola’s lavishly gifted side…

February 22, 2011

Preview: Man. United v Man. City

Manchester City travel to Old Trafford for a meeting with cross-town rivals Manchester United in an eagerly anticipated clash on Saturday. The early kick-off presents City with an opportunity to close the gap on table-topping United to just two points and any victory would give them a very real chance of winning their first Premier League/First Division title since 1968. But winning at Old Trafford is easier said than done…

February 11, 2011

Mancini Wants City To Clean Up

Roberto Mancini says Manchester City can only win the English Premier League if they start keeping more clean sheets. City have conceded in each of their last six games and sit eight points behind league-leaders and bitter rivals Manchester United ahead of their game at home to West Brom on Saturday. Mancini said: “We have conceded a lot of goals which is a problem so we need to change our…

February 4, 2011

Adebayor Moves To Real Madrid On Loan

Emmanuel Adebayor has agreed to take a pay cut to join Real Madrid on loan from Manchester City, with what the Spanish club describe as a “unilateral option” of a £15m transfer at the end of the season. However, the Spanish club are unlikely to want to be tied to anything more than a six-month contract. The deal is a victory for the Real coach, José Mourinho, who has persisted…

January 26, 2011