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Man City defender eyes return to Italy

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov admits he would like to return to Italy at some point.

The Serbian has bee linked with a return to former club Lazio, but doubts he will be allowed to leave Manchester for Serie A.

Aleksandar Kolarov Credit: PA

"I'd like to return to Italy, but it's difficult," he told Sky Italia.

"I'm happy for Mihajlovic; he's doing very well, as are Lazio.

"They're having a great season and I hope they can end it in third or even second place."

Manchester City deny Simeone approach

Diego Simeone is staying put. Credit: PA

Manchester City have denied making an offer to Diego Simeone in an attempt to make him their next manager.

Manuel Pellegrini has come under increased pressure this season, as City look set to end the campaign trophyless.

It looks like Simeone will now be staying put, having signed a new five-year deal with the Spanish champions.


Referee apologises for Man City v West Brom error

Neil Swarbrick sent off the wrong player after two minutes. Credit: PA

Referee Neil Swarbrick has apologised for wrongly sending off West Brom's Gareth McAuley during his side's 3-0 loss at Manchester City.

McAuley was a victim of mistaken identity when he was shown a red card after Craig Dawson fouled Wilfried Bony in the second minute of the Barclays Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Swarbrick has now admitted to his error in a statement from Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, the organisation responsible for refereeing appointments.

The statement read: "In the second minute of Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion, referee Neil Swarbrick made a decision to send off Gareth McAuley for a 'denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity' offence.

"The referee has confirmed the offence was caused by a different player, which should be addressed now as a case of mistaken identity. The referee has apologised for his error."

Man City skipper claims Chelsea can still be caught

Vincent Kompany insists that Manchester City are still in the title hunt for the Premier League title after their convincing 3-0 win over 10-man West Brom at the Etihad.

City eased to victory over West Brom. Credit: PA

There was controversy in the first minute as Gareth McAuley was mistakenly sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick for a foul committed by Craig Dawson, before Wilfried Bony opened his City account with a powerful finish.

Fernando and David Silva completed the scoring in the one-way tie that saw City close the gap between themselves and Chelsea to three points, and Kompany thinks his side can keep up the pressure on the leaders, who have two games in hand.

There was nothing to win today for us, we just had to do a good job and we didn't fail. We will take confidence out of this game.We just focus on ourselves now.

I think we've won nine or 10 on the spin already this season, of course we can do it but that gives us no guarantees that we will win the title.

– Vincent Kompany speaking to BT Sport


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Pellegrini urges City to 'never give up' in Chelsea chase

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini has urged his side to pick themselves up from their Champions League misery and finish the season strongly.

Pellegrini doesn't believed the title is sewn up just yet. Credit: PA

City's season is now in danger of fizzling out after Barcelona ended their hopes of progressing in Europe with a formidable display at the Nou Camp.

Coming four days after a shock loss to Burnley left their Premier League title defence in tatters, City look set to end the season empty-handed and reflecting on under-achievement.

But Pellegrini insists the campaign is not yet over, and wants a strong response against West Brom on Saturday.

The Chilean, who is looking increasingly vulnerable in his position, said:

We must never give up. We are six points behind Chelsea, so it is difficult, but we still have nine games left. We must focus our minds.

It is a disappointment not to go through but we have just played the best team in the world.

– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Luis Enrique: We need to be at our best to beat Man City

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique says his side can't be complacent when they face Manchester City on Wednesday.

The Catalans are 2-1 up from the first leg in England, but Enrique knows the Premier League champions can't be treated lightly.

Luis Enrique will have a focused side. Credit: PA

"We will have to go out there and play in a very comprehensive manner. We need to have lots of ball possession so they suffer, so they have to follow the ball.

"We need to find those moments to be dangerous, we need to find our superior skills whenever possible. It is about minimising their potential.

"If we do not achieve these objectives, Manchester City can achieve their own objectives. We have to control what is going on at every different moment."

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