Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini cited his team’s sluggish pace for the first 46 minutes as the reason for yesterday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Championship side Wigan.
The Chilean says his side only reacted when the Latics scored their second goal shortly after half-time. read more »
It is not easy to come up with tactics that can neutralise Manchester City at the Etihad. Many teams better on paper than Wigan have left with heavy losses this season. But Latics boss Uwe Rosler did just that and quickly realised his side could do better than just try to keep the side they beat in last year’s final at bay.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini fielded a really restricted side, partly because of the looming Champions League game against Barcelona being at the back of his mind. He went with his usual 4-4-2 formation. read more »
Manchester City know that a Champions League tie with Barcelona is looming and given the recent encouraging events, the Citizens can just about dare dream. But manager Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that they are focusing on the FA Cup for now.
For any Championship side, an FA cup quarter–final tie against a team of Manchester City’s class should be enough motivation. Holders Wigan Athletic can draw a lot of encouragement from their unlikely victory in the final last season against the same side. read more »
Grant Holt is set for a return to the Premier League as Aston Villa prepare to make their first signing of the January transfer window.
Paul Lambert is reportedly close to securing a reunion with his former Norwich City striker, who is currently at Championship side Wigan. read more »
Wigan goalkeeper Lee Nicholls has been watched by both Liverpool and Manchester United in recent days, according to the Daily Mail.
The reports suggest that Liverpool coach John Achterberg was sent to watch the 19-year-old in action against Zulte Waregem in last week’s Europa League clash. Unfortunately, the youngster’s mistake gifted a goal to the Belgium outfit. read more »