Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points as Citizens sting Real, into quarter-finals

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Raphael Varane’s catastrophic defensive errors will dominate headlines, but Manchester City were rewarded for their intense pressing from the front against La Liga champions Real Madrid. What were five talking points here, as Pep Guardiola’s men booked their place in next week’s Champions League quarter-finals?

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Sergio Aguero at 32: Time and opportunity no longer guaranteed, with an incomplete Euro dream

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If you’re reading this, it means that Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has turned 32. I look at what has been been a whirlwind year for him and what’s in store for one of the Premier League’s best-ever strikers, whose admirable quest for continental club success is fast reaching its eventual conclusion. Continue reading

City 3-1 Arsenal – Analysis: Fernandinho impresses in new role, Emery’s clear bench issues

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Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday and if not for Bernd Leno’s important saves, it could’ve ultimately been a more dominant scoreline at the Ethiad. Here are two key talking points – one from each perspective – as the defending champions closed the gap on Liverpool to four points.  Continue reading

Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Manchester City: de Bruyne and Fernandinho strike in four-goal thriller

Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Manchester City: de Bruyne and Fernandinho strike in four-goal thriller

In an eagerly-anticipated battle between two of Europe’s ever-improving heavyweights, the sky Blues fought hard and took two valuable away goals from an unpredictable spectacle in Paris against Laurent Blanc’s side.

Goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho, either side of half-time, helped Manchester City to a valuable pair of away goals ahead of next week’s quarter-final second leg tie at Eastlands. In a frantic affair at the Parc des Princes, both sides created plenty of opportunities – and neither was able to sustain enough pressure to justify anything more than both ultimately sharing the spoils.

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