David Silva

Hart keeps City alive as Balotelli seizes on late lucky break

No one thought Manchester City would conquer Europe in a year or two but it has been a very brutal learning curve and last night, just when it seemed that the whole adventure had collapsed before it had started once again, came the moment when Mario Balotelli made all his baggage worth carrying.

Wenger: We are out of title race

Arsène Wenger last night conceded that his Arsenal team were out of the Premier League title race after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City left them 12 points behind the leaders.

James Lawton: Mancini is still the envy of all his rivals

A strange old memory came into the head at Stamford Bridge. It was of the misguided rush to dash off obituaries of Ernest Hemingway, the great analyst of grace under pressure, when his aircraft crashed and burned in the African bush.

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