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Frank Lampard surprised by his impressive start for City

Frank Lampard is suprised at being named City's player of the month. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard admits to a sense of disbelief at his sensational start to his loan spell at Manchester City which saw the former England midfielder voted as the club's player of the month.

Lampard, who could start against Tottenham in the Saturday lunchtime match, scored a vital equaliser against his old club Chelsea, two more in the Capital One Cup against Sheffield Wednesday and a further goal in the win at Hull.

If somebody had said I would be voted player of the month by the fans in my first full month playing I would have had difficulty believing them.

"To beat James Milner and David Silva is really flattering and especially James, who has had a fantastic start to the season and is someone who doesn't always get the plaudits he deserves.

"I think my goals probably edged it but Milly deserves a big shout out as well."

– Frank Lampard, told the Manchester City Official Website.

Manchester City Women look to the men's team for inspiration in tonight's Cup Final

Manchester City Ladies are looking to the men's team successes for inspiration Credit: PA

For now there is only one name on the FA WSL Continental Cup, as Arsenal Ladies have won the title every year since the competition started in 2011.

Tonight Manchester City Women will be looking to stop the three time Continental Cup and current FA Cup winners from winning four years in a row.

To do so their manager Nick Cushing has challenged his players to use the success of the men's team as an inspiration.

"Arsenal probably have a slight advantage established as a team who have previously won the Continental Cup but we're confident that we can apply ourselves well and give them a tough game.

When our men's team played Manchester United in the semi-final of the FA Cup back in 2011, that was a big challenge and they got through it.

They went on to win the FA Cup against Stoke and that was a real catalyst for them to then go on and win the Premier League."

– Nick Cushing, MCWFC manager.
Nick Cushing, Manchester City Ladies manager is confident his team can win tonight. Credit: PA


Manchester City's CSKA game to take place behind closed doors as UEFA punishes Russian fans for racist behaviour

Russian club CSKA Moscow have been ordered to play their next three home European matches behind closed doors - including against Manchester City in the Champions League on October 21 - as punishment for racist behaviour by fans.

UEFA has also banned CSKA from selling tickets to supporters for the return fixture again City at the Etihad Stadium on November 5 and fined the club 200,000 euros.

It follows the fans' conduct in the Russian side's Champions League defeat by Roma, which led to CSKA being charged with racist behaviour by UEFA for the third time in a year.

The Russian champions were also charged by UEFA with crowd disturbances after clashes with police forced the game to to be halted for several minutes during Roma's 5-1 win.

Flares were thrown onto the pitch, scuffles broke out in the stands and a banner containing a racial slur was also unfurled.

UEFA said in a statement: "CSKA Moscow has been ordered to play its next three UEFA competition matches as host club behind closed doors. The Russian team has also been fined 200,000 euros.

"In addition, CSKA Moscow is banned from selling tickets to its supporters for the next UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 group stage competition matches which the club will play as the visiting team."

CSKA have already been punished twice over incidents of racism by UEFA in the past year.

Last year's Champions League clash against City at the Khimki Arena was overshadowed by racist chanting aimed at Yaya Toure.

They were hit with a partial stadium closure but a repeat offence led to Tuesday's game against Bayern Munich being played behind closed doors.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "My personal thinking is football should always be with fans. I don't think it is good to play in an empty stadium, not good for anyone.

"I understand a local team have a little (problem) with their fans but all the people deserve to go to the stadium. I don't know what will happen."

A stadium closure could have implications for City supporters planning to travel, but the club themselves have not sold any tickets or official packages for the fixture.

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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