Barcelona’s Lionel Messi misses the target with a diving header from his penalty rebound against Manchester City during their Champions League  tie at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: EPA

There was a moment in the first half here, midway through a period of almost dreamy Barcelona superiority, when Manchester City might have considered (...)

 Luis Suarez  scores the opening goal past Joe Hart. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 Perhaps the most dispiriting part for Manchester City came from that numbing feeling that, if anything, the gulf has wid(...)

Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar  trains at the Etihad Stadium prior to tonight’s clash with Manchester City. Photo: Photo: Oli Scarffoli/AFP/Getty

There are no more starry eyes at Manchester City about reaching the Champions League knockout stage and facing Barcelona.As Samir Nasri characterises(...)

 Stevan Jovetic has been left out of  Manchester City’s Champions League squad to allow for the inclusion of new signing Wilfried Bony. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Manchester City have left striker Stevan Jovetic out of their Champions League squad to accommodate new €33.5 million signing Wilfried Bony. The arriv(...)

Loic Remy celebrates putting Chelsea 1-0 up agsinst Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. (Photograph: EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA)

Chelsea 1 Manchester City 1Under siege Chelsea retained a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after repelling Manchester City at Stamford(...)

Frank Lampard celebrates scoring Manchester City’s winner in the 3-2 win over Sunderland, a goal which moved him above Thierry Henry in the all time Premier League scorers list. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 2 For a second successive game, Manchester City somehow contrived to lose a two-goal lead at home against a team t(...)

Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta celebrates scoring his side’s second goal. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty

Manchester City’s quest to be a dominant European force lives on into the last 16 of the Champions League.For the third time in four seasons, the Shei(...)

Samir Nasri celebrates his opener against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Getty Images

AS Roma 0 Manchester City 2There have not been too many distinguished nights for Manchester City since they started dining on the top table of Europea(...)

Frank Lampard of Manchester City shoots past Maya Yoshida of Southampton to score their second goal during the Premier League match  at St Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Southampton 0 Manchester City 3The champions are stirring. Manchester City’s third win in eight days has shaved the distance between them and Chelsea (...)

James Collins of West Ham United confronts James McCarthy of Everton   at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Chelsea beat 10-man West Brom on Saturday to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League and also set a club record for starting the campai(...)