Bulletproof self-confidence:  Frank Lampard responds to fans after yesterday’s   match between Manchester City and Chelsea. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

As Frank Lampard stood on the sideline waiting to come on with 15 minutes left at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, you looked at Manuel Pellegrini and wo(...)

Man City’s  Frank Lampard  scores the equalising goal past Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea during the  Premier League match  at Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Chelsea old boy Frank Lampard admitted he was almost speechless after coming off the bench to deny former boss Jose Mourinho victory at Manchester Cit(...)

 Samir Nasri: left out of the French squad but ready to sign a new long-term deal with Premier League champions  Manchester City. Photo:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Samir Nasri is expected to sign a new five-year deal at Manchester City when the Frenchman finishes his holiday, with the club hopeful that Joe Hart,(...)

England’s Steven Gerrard (right) consoles teammate Raheem Sterling (left) after he was shown a red card against Ecuador  at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

England 2 Ecuador 2 Perhaps Roy Hodgson was correct and it was always a risk placing too much trust in a player of 19. Raheem Sterling is a pla(...)

England’s Wayne Rooney training at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami ahead of the friendly international against Ecuador, in which the player will start on the left wing. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Wayne Rooney will be asked to start England’s friendly against Ecuador in the left-wing position he is on record as disliking, after Roy Hodgson admi(...)

Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany, who scored his side’s second goal, leads yesterday’s celebrations at the Etihad. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Goals number 101 and 102 of an utterly convincing Manchester City campaign delivered a second title in three seasons with a minimum of drama. Sky migh(...)

Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring his first goal  in the  Premier League match against Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City 4 Aston Villa 0: For Manchester City, everything is now in place. Manuel Pellegrini’s team took their time before showing why they are(...)

Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during their Premier League match against Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City 4Aston Villa 0For Manchester City, everything is now in place. Manuel Pellegrini’s team took their time before showing why th(...)

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 2: The focus had hardly wavered from Merseyside(...)

Connor Wickham of Sunderland scores his  second under pressure from Fernandinho of Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2 This was a sho(...)