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City face uphill battle after Champions League draw

Manchester City were left facing another uphill battle to advance in the Champions League after an unconvincing 1-1 draw at home to Roma.

Sergio Aguero's fourth-minute penalty was cancelled out by a superbly-taken equaliser from the evergreen Francesco Totti in a clash at the Etihad Stadium dominated by the Italian side.

The result left City third with just one point from their opening two games in Group E and already five behind leaders Bayern Munich. They next face CSKA Moscow in crucial back-to-back games starting with a trip to the Russian capital in three weeks.

"We didn't play well, especially in the first half. We improved in the second half but I think the draw was the real (right) thing for both teams."

"We hope the next game in Russia we can win and we will see what happens against Bayern Munich,"

"We have 12 more points to fight (for) and we will fight to the end to try and qualify."

– Manuel Pellegrini

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Souness warns Liverpool over Balotelli

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness has warned the club against signing Mario Balotelli, describing the move as an "enormous gamble".

AC Milan striker Balotelli is reportedly closing in on a transfer to Liverpool as Reds boss Brendan Rodgers looks to replace the goals of Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona earlier this summer.

The #16million move for the controversial 24-year-old former Manchester City player is seen as something of a coup by many, but Souness believes it is a risk not worth taking.

Writing in the Sunday Times, he said: "It's an enormous gamble by Rodgers, a gamble I don't think he needs to take because he has a very strong group of players.

"The harmony looks good but he may find, like every previous manager of the Italian, that he will spend more time talking about Balotelli, spending time with him and defending him, than he will the rest of the group put together."

Souness, who managed Liverpool to FA Cup glory in 1992 and has also been in charge of Newcastle, Blackburn, Rangers and Southampton, went on to say that he would not sign Balotelli if he was still in the Anfield hotseat.

He added: "At times Balotelli doesn't seem to enjoy football. Big teams can do without people who pick and choose when they will have a go. It's a high-risk signing. I wouldn't want him."

Balotelli is a proven performer, but the baggage that comes with him is considerable.

His spell with Manchester City from summer 2010 to January 2013 was a whirlwind one, with occasional sparkling performances interspersed with volatility on the field and erratic behaviour off it.

He scored 30 goals in 80 appearances for the club and set up Sergio Aguero's stoppage-time goal against QPR which saw them crowned 2012 Barclays Premier League champions - their first league title since 1968.

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