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Champions League: Rio Ferdinand blames two players as PSG defeat Man City
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Champions League: Rio Ferdinand blames two players as PSG defeat Man City

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has blamed Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias for Paris Saint-Germain’s opening goal against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. PSG defeated Man City in Paris, thanks to two goals from Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi. But Ferdinand believes that both Laporte, who failed to close down Kylian Mbappe’s cut-back pass, and Dias could have done more to prevent PSG’s first goal. “If you are Dias, you are screaming at Laporte, get out there now and close him [Kylian Mbappe] down quicker. “Because there are enough white shirts in the box to deal with that situation,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “The moment he stands and is in-between, the indecision is a domino effect and leaves everyone else to pick up the pieces.”...
PSG vs Man City: Guardiola confirms player to miss Champions League clash
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PSG vs Man City: Guardiola confirms player to miss Champions League clash

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has confirmed the player that will miss his side’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night. According to Guardiola, Ilkay Gundogan will miss Man City’s away Champions League clash with PSG in Paris due to injury. The Spaniard said this on Monday during his pre-match press conference. The City boss also said Gundongan would return to action for the Premier League champions after the international break. Recall that Gundogan missed Man City’s Premier League 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend. “Ilkay [Gundogan] is out [from Man City’s clash with PSG] until after the international break,” Guardiola said. Guardiola also gave the latest update on Aymeric Laporte and Ruben D...
EPL: Guardiola names strong Man City squad to face Chelsea
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EPL: Guardiola names strong Man City squad to face Chelsea

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has named a strong squad to tackle Chelsea in today’s away Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge. Guardiola released a list of 20 players to take on Chelsea, according to Manchester Evening News. Man City heads to the game following a 6-1 win against Wycombe in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, in their last encounter. The Citizens are currently in the fifth position on the Premier League table with 10 points from five matches. Below is Man City’s travelling squad against Chelsea: Goalkeepers: Ederson, Zack Steffen. Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake. Midfielders: Fernandinho, Romeo Lavia, Rodrigo, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Bernardo Silva. Fo...
Guardiola expects no new signings at Man City as transfer deadline approaches
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Guardiola expects no new signings at Man City as transfer deadline approaches

The £100 million British transfer record signing of Jack Grealish is set to be the Premier League champions only major deal of the summer Pep Guardiola doesn't expect any more incomings or outgoings at Manchester City as the transfer deadline approaches. City are short of a striker after missing out on top target Harry Kane, who will remain at Tottenham, while they also pulled the plug on a move for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Several players, including Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte, have been linked with moves away from the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola is expecting to have the same squad after the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.
Mahrez on target as Manchester City hit five past Norwich City
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Mahrez on target as Manchester City hit five past Norwich City

The Algerian winger scored his first goal of the season as the Citizens returned to winning ways at the Etihad Stadium Algeria international Riyad Mahrez came off the bench to grab his first goal of the season as Manchester City hammered Norwich City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The 30-year-old came on in the 75th minute replacing Jack Grealish and it took him 10 minutes to find the back of the net for the team’s fifth goal after they had scored four through an own goal in the seventh minute, Grealish in the 22nd minute, Aymeric Laporte in the 64th minute, and Raheem Sterling in the 71st minute. City manager Pep Guardiola opted to drop Mahrez to the bench having started in the game against Tottenham Hotspur which they lost 1-0 in the opening week.  
Guardiola rates Jack Grealish’s performance after Man City thrash Norwich 5-0
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Guardiola rates Jack Grealish’s performance after Man City thrash Norwich 5-0

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, was delighted with attacking midfielder Jack Grealish’s display against Norwich City on Saturday. Grealish scored the second goal in Man City’s Premier League 5-0 win against Norwich at Etihad. The England international joined Man City for £100 million from Aston Villa this summer. The 25-year-old joined Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on the scoresheet, while Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul also scored an unfortunate own goal during the encounter. And Guardiola was pleased with the impact of Grealish in his first appearance in front of Man City fans, even though he suggested there was plenty more to come from the player. “Yeah, first step. The first victory for him in our club,” Guardiola said at his post-ma...
Man City Puts up Sterling, Mahrez, seven other players for sale [Full list]
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Man City Puts up Sterling, Mahrez, seven other players for sale [Full list]

  Manchester City winger, Raheem Sterling, is among nine players up for sale at Etihad this summer, The Athletic reports. Other players up for sale are Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus. The rest of the players on the list are Bernardo Silva, Lukas Nmecha, Pedro Porro, Yangel Herrera and Ivan Ilic. Man City are keen to sell the players this summer in a bid to raise funds to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. Both Kane and Grealish are likely to cost a combined fee in excess of £200million. Man City wants to bolster their squad under Pep Guardiola ahead of the 2021/22 season after winning the Premier League title last season.
Laporte: Deschamps didn’t return my texts before I swapped France for Spain
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Laporte: Deschamps didn’t return my texts before I swapped France for Spain

The Manchester City defender has admitted that he was in touch with the Spanish Footballer Federation (RFEF) for years before switching allegiances Aymeric Laporte has claimed Didier Deschamps did not return his texts before he swapped France for Spain at international level. Laporte represented France from U17s to U21s and was called up to the senior squad for the first time in 2018 before having to withdraw through injury. The Manchester City defender decided to switch allegiances to Spain earlier this year having successfully applied for dual citizenship, which prompted a critical response from Bleus boss Deschamps.  
Guardiola Offers Seven Manchester City Players to Barcelona
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Guardiola Offers Seven Manchester City Players to Barcelona

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has offered up to seven of his players to Barcelona, according to AS. Guardiola wants to raid his former club for defender Sergi Roberto and winger Ousmane Dembele. It was part of his conversations with Barca president, Joan Laporta, when they met at a golf legends event in Mallorca this week. Guardiola is willing to allow Aymeric Laporte leave, after his ouster from City’s starting XI by Ruben Dias. Laporte has just won his first cap for Spain ahead of Monday’s Euros clash with Sweden and Barcelona see him as the ideal signing should Clement Lenglet or Samuel Umtiti leave. Raheem Sterling was the second player offered to the Spanish giants after struggling for minutes. He has apparently long been open to joining eithe...
Real Madrid Captain, Sergio Ramos Dropped by Spain for Euro 2020
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Real Madrid Captain, Sergio Ramos Dropped by Spain for Euro 2020

Sergio Ramos has been sensationally left out of the Spain squad for this summer’s Euros. The Real Madrid captain has won 180 caps for his country and lifted the World Cup with them in 2010. Ramos has also won the Euros twice with Spain, and won't a chance to add a third crown this summer after manager Luis Enrique left him out of his squad following an injury-hit season. Enrique has named a 24-man group, despite Uefa allowing countries to pick 26, with not a single Real Madrid player representing Spain at a major tournament for the first time in history. The Premier League have 10 players, including four from Manchester City with Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Ferran Torres and Rodri all making the cut. FULL SPAIN EURO 2020 SQUAD Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), ...
FIFA Approves footballer, Aymeric Laporte’s switch to Spain From France ahead of Euros
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FIFA Approves footballer, Aymeric Laporte’s switch to Spain From France ahead of Euros

Manchester City defender, Aymeric Laporte has switched his international allegiance from France to Spain ahead of Euro 2020 this summer. Laporte has previously played for the France Under-21 international team but has never represented the senior side. FIFA confirmed the switch on Friday, May 14, that it had approved the switch after the French Football Federation consented to the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s request, meaning Laporte is available to feature for Spain next month. "The player Aymeric Laporte is eligible to play for the representative teams of the RFEF - Spanish Football Association with immediate effect," it said in a statement. The Spanish government said on Tuesday that it had given Laporte citizenship, paving way for him to represent Spain at the Eu...
Tottenham Star Son Heung-min In Tears After Man City Won Carabao Cup
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Tottenham Star Son Heung-min In Tears After Man City Won Carabao Cup

Tottenham player Son Heung-min was seen crying after Manchester City won the Carabao Cup today. Aymeric Laporte scored from a corner with just eight minutes left to give Manchester City the Carabao Cup trophy win. Tottenham came very close to winning their first major trophy since 2008, but failed against Manchester City. After the match, Son Heung-min was visibly emotional and reduced in tears at the loss. The South Korean was quickly consoled by his Tottenham team-mates and some Manchester City players like Kevin De Bruyne, and Phil Foden. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/_2OK0iyIS3I
Man City Beat Spurs to Claim Carabao Cup Glory
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Man City Beat Spurs to Claim Carabao Cup Glory

Manchester City won the Carabao Cup for a fourth year in a row after Aymeric Laporte steered them to a 1-0 win over Tottenham in front of 8,000 fans at Wembley. In a game dominated by City from first to last - their Expected Goals was 3.63 to Tottenham's 0.06 - the only real surprise was that it took until the 82nd minute for them to get the winner, which took City to a joint-record eighth win in this competition alongside Liverpool - while they also became the second side after the Reds to win this competition for the fourth time in a row. It was also the first leg secured by Pep Guardiola's side of a potential treble this season, with the Premier League looking almost sewn up and a Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain to come. For Spurs, the 13-year wait f...
Man City vs Monchengladbach: Guardiola’s Squad for Champions League Confirmed [Full list]
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Man City vs Monchengladbach: Guardiola’s Squad for Champions League Confirmed [Full list]

Manchester city manager, Pep Guardiola, has named a 23-man squad to face Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg fixture at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Tuesday night. Guardiola announced the squad in a post via Man City’s official website on Monday. Guardiola’s men had defeated Monchengladbach 2-0 in the first-leg last month. Man City head to the game after beating Fulham 3-0 in the Premier League over last weekend. Man City’s squad against Monchengladbach: Kyle Walker, Rúben Dias, John Stones, Nathan Aké, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gündogan, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Agüero, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Rodrigo, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Ferran Torres, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, João Cancel, Ederson...
Ex-Man City youth player, Jeremy Wisten “commits suicide” at 17 after being released by the club
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Ex-Man City youth player, Jeremy Wisten “commits suicide” at 17 after being released by the club

Jeremy Wisten has reportedly taken his own life after being released by the club   Witsen, a promising talent born in Malawi and raised in the UK, joined Man City at the U-13 level in February 2016 and was recently released by the club.   According to Malawi24, the 17-year-old was left depressed by the club's decision to release him and he decided to take his life.   Details of his death remain unclear, but Manchester City and senior players at the club including Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte have paid tribute to the former academy player. The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult tim...
Covid-19: Three positives in latest round of Premier League testing
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Covid-19: Three positives in latest round of Premier League testing

Manchester City pair Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez are two of the three players who returned positive tests Three Premier League players have tested positive for Covid-19 in the latest round of testing instigated by the league. Manchester City have confirmed that Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez have both returned positive tests for the virus, but the identity of the third player is unknown. Both City stars are, therefore, doubtful for the opening round of fixtures for the new Premier League season, with Pep Guardiola’s side up against Wolves on Monday, September 21.
Manchester City Duo, Riyad Mahrez & Aymeric Laporte Test Positive For COVID-19
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Manchester City Duo, Riyad Mahrez & Aymeric Laporte Test Positive For COVID-19

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19. Algeria's Mahrez, 29, and Frenchman Laporte, 24, will not train with their team-mates while they self-isolate in line with UK government and Premier League rules. Manchester City say neither player was displaying symptoms of coronavirus. Pep Guardiola's side play Wolverhampton Wanderers in their first fixture of the new league season on 21 September.
Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte
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Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte

The French defender worked under the enigmatic Argentine at Athletic and is now enjoying his time with a former Barca boss Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola are “the best two managers in the world”, says Aymeric Laporte, with the Leeds and Manchester City bosses considered to “know everything”. The man currently calling the shots at the Etihad Stadium has made no secret of his admiration for an enigmatic coach looking to lead fallen giants back into the Premier League. For Guardiola, Bielsa has shown how success can be enjoyed while sticking to the principles which make football so entertaining.
Virgil Van Dijk Picks His Non Liverpool Premier League 5-A-Side Team
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Virgil Van Dijk Picks His Non Liverpool Premier League 5-A-Side Team

Virgil van Dijk has named his fantasy Premier League five-a-side team but the Liverpool defender wasn't allowed to pick any of his teammates. If you were picking aa football team made out of the players in the Premier League Van Dijk would be an early pick for most people. The Dutchman would most likely be in contention with his table topping teammates for first pick but choosing his own fantasy side, for Premier League productions via the Liverpool website, the former Saint wasn't allowed to pick any Reds' players. Van Dijk picked a 1-2-1 formation with Manchester City's Ederson in goal with teammate Aymeric Laporte in front of him in defence. A third City representative Kevin de Bruyne is paired with Son Heung-min in midfielder and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes up the team. ...
Man City May Lose Key Players Including Guardiola If They Win The UCL
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Man City May Lose Key Players Including Guardiola If They Win The UCL

Just imagine that despite the prospect of a two-year ban from European competition from the start of next season, Manchester City are able to blank out all of the noise and win the Champions League for the first time at the end of this campaign. On the one hand, it would be the ultimate achievement and crowning glory of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan's transformation of the club. As City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak told ESPN in an exclusive interview in August 2018: "We should win it [Champions League] in the next 10 years, and obviously, sooner rather than later." But if UEFA's ban sticks and City spend the next two years unable to compete for European club football's biggest prize, then Champions League glory in May in Istanbul could prove to be a poisoned chalice rather than...
Man City to Sell Sterling, De Bruyne, Laporte, Strip of 2014 Premier League Title
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Man City to Sell Sterling, De Bruyne, Laporte, Strip of 2014 Premier League Title

Following the ban placed on Manchester City by UEFA, the club will now resolve to sell leading players such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte, according to DailyMail. This will happen if their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport fails. UEFA slammed City a two-year ban from the Champions League and other European competitions on Friday. Pep Guardiola’s side also faces the possibility of being stripped their 2014 Premier League title. This will happen if a separate Premier League investigation were to find that they had breached financial rules, which the club had already denied. City have insisted that they will be cleared of breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. The period under investigation would appear to be from 2012 to 2016,...
Manchester City Get Major Boost Ahead of Manchester United Clash
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Manchester City Get Major Boost Ahead of Manchester United Clash

Manchester City have been handed a major boost ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United on Tuesday night. The Premier League champions could feature defenders, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte when they take on the Red Devils at Old Trafford. Man City manager, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that both Otamendi and Laporte have returned from injury. “It’s good [to have Laporte back in training],” Guardiola told the club’s official website on Monday. “Everyone apart from Leroy is training. Nico is back. We have an almost full squad. It’s good.” Guardiola added: “It was important in the first season and the next two and this one. Nothing has changed. “With that theory, in the seasons we won the Premier League, it wouldn’t matte...
‘Rodri plays at Fernandinho’s level’ – Laporte hails Man City’s record signing
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‘Rodri plays at Fernandinho’s level’ – Laporte hails Man City’s record signing

The Spaniard is capable of matching the Brazilian's consistently high level of performances, according to his Etihad Stadium team-mates Aymeric Laporte and Ederson are already confident Rodri is the right man to provide competition to Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield. City lacked a genuine alternative to key man Fernandinho in the holding role last season, who is approaching the twilight years of his career at 34. Guardiola identified the need for defensive-midfield cover during the summer transfer window and Rodri has since arrived from Atletico Madrid in a club-record £63 million ($76m) deal.
‘We have the players’ – Laporte says City can remain on top of English football
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‘We have the players’ – Laporte says City can remain on top of English football

The defender said Pep Guardiola works on tactics with his players "every day" and backed his side to remain champions Aymeric Laporte said Manchester City are aiming to "stay on the top always" after completing a historic treble of domestic trophies in his first full season at the club. The former Athletic Bilbao stopper, who City paid a reported €65million for in January 2018, featured in all but four of Pep Guardiola's starting line-ups in the Premier League in 2018-19 and played again in the 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford. After celebrating the treble at Wembley, Laporte outlined City's vision for next season and underlined his belief in their ability to improve their performance in the Champions League and sustain their success long into the future.
Big competitors are never satisfied’ – Guardiola challenges champions City to make history with treble
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Big competitors are never satisfied’ – Guardiola challenges champions City to make history with treble

The Premier League champions must be focused on a domestic clean sweep after pipping Liverpool to league glory, says the manager Pep Guardiola urged Manchester City to breach new ground and wrap up a domestic treble after sealing back-to-back Premier League titles with a 4-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. City fell behind to a Glenn Murray header at the Amex Stadium, where they needed a win to be sure of finishing ahead of Liverpool. But Sergio Aguero embellished his reputation for providing vital final-day contributions by hitting a quickfire equaliser before Aymeric Laporte gave the visitors a half-time lead. Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan were then on target from outside the box to get the title party started, with City securing first place and a total of 98...
Manchester City Retain Title By Beating Liverpool With one Point
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Manchester City Retain Title By Beating Liverpool With one Point

Manchester City are champions of England again. Pep Guardiola’s men came from a goal down at the Amex, to defeat Brighton 4-1 and retained their Premier League title. City came into the final game of the season one point ahead of Liverpool and knowing that only a win could assure them of retaining title. However, it was Glenn Murray that opened scoring, before Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan settled the game. Liverpool won 2-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their home game, while Cardiff shocked Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford. Arsenal saw off Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor and Leicester City held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium.
Manchester City Releases Strong Squad  Against Tottenham
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Manchester City Releases Strong Squad Against Tottenham

Manchester City have released a strong squad ahead of their Champion League quarter-final clash against Tottenham on Wednesday. The Citizens would be aiming to produce a comeback in the last-eight tie at the Etihad after losing the first leg in London. Tottenham defeated their Premier League rivals 1-0 in the first leg in London last week. City boss, Pep Guadiola made some weird team selection in the first leg that raised many eyebrows. Brazilian midfielder, Fernandinho is injured and will not be part of the game. Also, Oleksandr Zinchenko, who is suffering a thigh problem, will not be available for selection. Manchester City XI: Formation: 4-3-3 Goalkeeper: Ederson Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aym...
BREAKING: Manchester City Have Paid Aymeric Laporte’s €65m Release Clause
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BREAKING: Manchester City Have Paid Aymeric Laporte’s €65m Release Clause

Athletic have confirmed that the 23-year-old will leave the club and the Premier League leaders are ready to make his arrival official on Tuesday Manchester City have triggered Aymeric Laporte's €65 million release clause and plan to confirm his arrival from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday. Athletic have confirmed that Laporte's clause was triggered on Monday, with a City delegation in Bilbao to push their first January transfer towards completion.
Manchester City Will Challenge For FA Cup Despite Nightmarish Fixtures – Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City Will Challenge For FA Cup Despite Nightmarish Fixtures – Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City remain committed to lifting the FA Cup this season despite the prospect of a nightmare-run of fixtures. The City manager has earmarked an 11-day spell in late February and early March as the defining period of the club’s season, when they will face four matches across three competitions. That sequence will begin with the English League Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on February 25, followed by a Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium four days later. The following Sunday comes a home league match against Chelsea, before the second leg of City’s Champions League last-16 tie against Swiss champions Basel three days later. Should they lose their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Cardiff on Sunday, City will have a clear 12 days next ...

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