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League semi-final against Real Madrid

in Tomahawk 04.03.2019 06:25
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Manchester City are fighting on two fronts in the middle of a momentous week for their season. Manuel Pellegrinis men continue their top-four push with a vital trip to Southampton on Super Sunday, and just three days later, they are at the Bernabeu for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Missed chance for City? Was Manchester Citys 0-0 draw with Real Madrid a missed opportunity? It is a quick turnaround in a pivotal period for City, and Pellegrini addressed the issue after Tuesdays first leg ended in a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium - pointing out that Madrid have a kinder schedule as they travel to Real Sociedad on Saturday. Before we go to Madrid, we must continue here in the Premier League against a difficult team in Southampton with three very important points, he said wearily. Unfortunately for us, we are going to have one day less resting than Real Madrid, who play on Saturday. With Manchester United hoping to make up ground in fifth place and Arsenal also vying to finish as high up the table as possible, City can ill afford to drop points on the south coast, where they face an in-form Saints side who have won four of their last six games.So how have City coped after midweek Champions League fixtures this season? Well, with five wins, three draws and two losses, their record is mixed. City suffered defeats to West Ham and Manchester United immediately after clashes with Juventus and Dynamo Kiev, and there were also disappointing draws with United and Aston Villa after their group-stage meetings with Sevilla. Citys record after Champions League fixtures - 2015/16 P W D L GF GA Win % 10 5 3 2 18 8 50% On a more encouraging note for City, they claimed emphatic wins over Newcastle and Chelsea directly after facing Borussia Monchengladbach and Paris Saint-Germain, and they also beat Sundays opponents Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium just three days after an away game against Juventus in November. City eased to a 3-0 win over Chelsea after beating Paris Saint-Germain in April Pellegrini faces important decisions on his team selection as he eyes a repeat of those results on Sunday. Does he stick with his strongest side to give them the best possible chance of beating Southampton? Or does he rotate to keep things fresh between Citys meetings with Madrid?Recent history suggests he is likely to tweak his line-up. City have made a minimum of three changes in eight of the 10 games that have directly followed their Champions League fixtures this season. Pellegrini will have to decide whether to rest the likes of Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero, while he is also expected to be without David Silva, who suffered an injury on Tuesday night. Citys results after Champions League fixtures - 2015/16 Opposition Result No. of changes West Ham (h) 1-2 L 4 Newcastle (h) 6-1 W 3 Man Utd (a) 0-0 D 3 Aston Villa (a) 0-0 D 1 Southampton (h) 3-1 W 4 Swansea (h) 2-1 W 3 Liverpool (n) 1-1* D 1 Man Utd (h) 0-1 L 4 West Brom (h) 2-1 W 5 Chelsea (a) 3-0 W 4 Its a conundrum for Pellegrini and a big challenge for City. Striking the right balance will be crucial if they are to continue fighting on two fronts.Watch Southampton v Manchester City live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 4.15pm on Super Sunday Also See: Missed chance for Man City? Man City: cheerful or fearful? Joey Rickard Jersey . Future Hall of Famer Ricky Ray is in his prime and back for a third season in double blue. 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Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the call by third base umpire Dana DeMuth, and it was overturned in 2 minutes, 7 seconds. San Francisco, coming off a 7-3 road trip to Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, won for the sixth time in seven home games. Atlanta had won three in a row. Lincecum struck out 10 or more for the 36th time in his career and first since last July 28 against the Cubs. He retired Chris Johnson on a swinging strikeout to end the sixth with runners on first and second. Promoted from Triple-A on Saturday, Colvin splashed a solo homer into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field arcade in the second -- the 65th Giants homer to reach the water. Brandon Crawford had the other this season, on April 13 against Colorado. Giants leadoff man Angel Pagan produced his fourth three-hitt game of the season.dddddddddddd Javier Lopez surrendered Freddie Freemans ninth-inning splash homer, then Sergio Romo finished for his 13th save. 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