Pellegrini set to replace Mancini at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s future at the English club is in doubt, with reports suggesting that Malaga manager  Manuel Pellegrini will replace Mancini over the summer.  Reports from Spain claim that Pellegrini has agreed to a contract with City, who will pay his €4 million release clause.

Mancini’s side will play Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on Saturday, and the Italian still remains popular with City supporters, who will likely chant Mancini’s name against Wigan in a bid to reverse City’s decision to bring in Pellegrini.  The Chilean has reportedly told Malaga that he will be leaving at the end of the season to join City, although there has been no confirmation of the deal from either City of Malaga.

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MOTD- Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Malaga

Borussia Dortmund have, incredibly, come back from behind with two injury time goals to beat Malaga 3-2 and seal a place in the Champions League semifinals, after all of their hard work in the competition looked to had been erased when Eliseu put Malaga ahead in the eighty-second minute. The match started slowly, with Malaga keeping possession of the ball in Dortmund half and their German opponents barely saw the ball in the opening five minutes. Dortmund slowly started to feel their way into the game and began to look very dangerous, but it was Malaga who opened the scoring when Joaquin got on the end of a string of three passes after Dortmund had failed to clear the ball. Joaquin cut the ball across his body to his left foot, and hit a low effort through the legs of Neven Subotic. Subotic blocked Willy’s view, allowing the shot to creep into the bottom right corner of the net.

Dortmund bounced back from the goal, maintaining possession for minutes at a time. The German side managed to find an equalizer in the fortieth minute, with Mario Gotze storming down the left flank before cutting it back to Marco Reus, who beautifully put Lewandowski in on goal with a backheel flick. Lewandowski rounded Willy, and coolly slotted it into the back of the net. Despite Dortmund looking the better side, Malaga almost equalized in the last seconds of the half with Duda’s free-kick finding Joaquin inside the box, who headed on goal from the center of the box, forcing Weidenfeller into a spectacular diving save Continue reading

MOTD preview- Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga

Borussia Dortmund are set to take on Malaga at the Signal-Iduna-Park today in the 2nd leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals, with The German side favorites to progress to the semi-finals after the two teams played the first leg out to a goalless draw. Dortmund wasted their many chances in the first leg, allowing Malaga to salvage the 0-0 draw in Spain last week. Jurgen Klopp’s men should not be too worried though, as the German side have progressed on all of their three previous 0-0 first leg first leg draws in European competition. Malaga on the other hand have a tall order ahead of them, but manager Manuel Pellegrini will not have given up hope, and will be motivated to become the first manager to take two Champions League debutants to the semifinals of the competition after doing so with Villrreal in 2005/2006.

Dortmund have extra incentive to win the tie, after Bayern Munich reclaimed the Bundesliga title on Saturday following Bayern’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The German side beat FC Augsburg 4-2 over the weekend and have been on impressive form in the league only losing twice since early December. But Dortmund have been on even better form in the Champions League, and are the only unbeaten side left in the competition after winning “The Group of Death” (Group D) unfazed Continue reading