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Manchester City recently made it into the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history, but they are undoubtedly one of the strongest teams at this stage of the competition.

Even though they finished only second in the group stages to Bayern Munich, they improved dramatically as the competition progressed. They even managed to beat Bayern Munich on their home soil in the final group match. Due to their impressive run, every team will be fearing the worst when it comes to facing City in the knockout stages according to midfielder Samir Nasri.

French midfielder Samir Nasri is set for a new lease of life under the management of Manuel Pellegrini after a year of suffering under Roberto Mancini. Nasri was extremely relieved after the departure of Mancini, as he did not treat him well according to the player.

The 26-year-old is expected to play a key role in the city team this season. However, he is already looking forward to the future and he is keen on playing in the MLS. Nasri came to English football from French club Olympique Marseille, who he holds in the highest regard.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has admitted that he was hurt by the criticism he received last season for his performances and has insisted that he is definitely not the ‘ugly duckling’ that many people have made him out to be.

Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was not part of the national team matches in the World Cup qualifying rounds recently due to an injury. It has been speculated that the striker may even miss the league action for his club Manchester City, but manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed that he expects the striker to be fit for the match against Newcastle during the weekend. City will be welcoming Newcastle to the Etihad stadium knowing that they have an imperious record against the north-eastern team.

The MLS (Major League Soccer) division is now beginning to attract serious attention outside of the US, thanks to the time spent there by the likes of David Beckham and the impressive form displayed by an MLS star like Landon Donovan during his two loan spells with Everton.

Second plays third at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday afternoon as Manchester City entertain Chelsea.

The hosts currently sit a whopping fifteen points behind league leaders Manchester United, after Sir Alex Ferguson’s men beat bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Roberto Mancini’s men go in to the game without a win in their last three league fixtures, having drawn back to back matches before defeat at Southampton the weekend before last.

The Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been slammed by the manager Roberto Mancini, who has said that if his midfielder should have been more brave when it comes to facing the ball because it would have been the difference between them drawing and losing the match.

The Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has said that he feels that the Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will play a major role for the national team if selected by the manager Didier Deschamps.

The 25-year-old former Arsenal man has not been selected for the recent few matches by the new manager. He has been subject to numerous bad behaviour both on and off the field in recent years for the French national team. The new manager Didier Deschamps, who recently replaced Laurent Blanc after the Euro 2012, is placing more emphasis on the discipline within the team.

Samir Nasri’s club, Manchester City, has defeated Queens Park Rangers in a Premier League match by 3-1 at the Etihad stadium. The City team performed much better than the previous games. The players looked charged up and were on the attack right from the outset.
The manager of City, Roberto Mancini, was not happy with his team’s performance against Liverpool, but, the way his players performed against QPR; it would have given him a lot of satisfaction.

Samir Nasri has been banned by the French Football Federation for three matches. He has been banned due to his wayward attitude in Euro Cup 2012. In a group match against England, Nasri scored a goal. After scoring that goal, he gave an arrogant expression to the TV cameras by putting his finger on his lips as if he is saying to someone “Shut your mouth”.