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 (...)

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(...)

David Silva scored twice for Manchester City as they closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea after their 5-0 win over Newcastle. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City 5 Newcastle United 0Manchester City warmed up for Tuesday’s visit of Barcelona in style by crushing Newcastle 5-0 on a perfect day for(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero heads the ball towards goal  against  Stoke City at Britannia Stadium. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

  Stoke City 1 Manchester City 4 This ended as an emphatic victory, a first triumph in the Premier League since New Year’s Day and a(...)

 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(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

 Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud  celebrates scoring his side’s  second goal  during the  Premier  match against Manchester City  at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Manchester City 0 Arsenal 2The only possible complaint against Arsenal is that they do not do this more often. Arsène Wenger’s side have been a soft t(...)

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure  and manager Manuel Pellegrini.  Pellegrini is convinced the player is fully committed to the champions despite  more mixed messages from the midfielder. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA

Yaya Toure has suggested he could leave Manchester City in the close season, though Manuel Pellegrini has denied the midfielder remains unhappy aft(...)

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City for €32 million. (Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Manchester City have completed the signing of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City on Wednesday in a deal worth around £25m.The 26-year-old striker has agr(...)