THE SOLUTION?: CARLOS TEVEZ, scored 53 goals in 80 games for City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini refuses to discuss meeting with Carlos Tevez

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini today refused to say whether he has met or intends to meet Carlos Tevez.

Yaya Touré was allegedly subjected to racist abuse by Porto fans

City present evidence of racist abuse

Club submits video footage from Porto in attempt to get Uefa to take complaints seriously

Yaya Touré lifts goalscorer Sergio Aguero aloft after the latter’s winner for Manchester City last night

Long-haul Touré beats jetlag as Aguero eases City's passage

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Porto's Alvaro Pereira, pressured by Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, scores an own goal against goalkeeper Helton

Aguero makes it advantage City after fightback

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Andre Villas-Boas with his successor, Vitor Pereira (right), during their spell as coaches at Porto

AVB needs time, says Porto coach

Former assistant insists Chelsea's embattled manager has necessary quality to transform club

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says attackers now 'stand a leg out'

Former Andre Villas-Boas assistant backs Chelsea manager to succeed

Andre Villas-Boas today received more backing from former club Porto as speculation continued over the Chelsea boss' future.

...With open arms: Joleon Lescott said he was glad of Tevez's return

City team-mates welcome back Tevez

Carlos Tevez was heartened to be welcomed back to Manchester City by at least four first-team players yesterday. The Argentina striker returned to the club for the first time since early November.

Champions League round-up: Malafeev puts Porto out as tiny Apoel finish top

Zenit St Petersburg were indebted to goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev for a series of outstanding saves as they earned the 0-0 draw in Porto that took the Russian side through to the Champions League knockout stages for the first time at the expense of the Portuguese team.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas watches a training session at Cobham yesterday

Why isn't Villas-Boas's philosophy working yet?

Rory Smith assesses how the Portuguese's style has got lost in translation at Chelsea

Chelsea in race to sign Alvaro Pereira

The agent of Alvaro Pereira has claimed Chelsea were still in negotiations to sign the left-back from Porto.

Villas-Boas wants the transfer window shut at start of season

Andre Villas-Boas is to propose a dramatic re-structuring of the transfer window at Uefa's influential elite coaches' forum in Nyon on Wednesday.

Messi orchestrates Barcelona Cup win

Cesc Fabregas scored for Barcelona last night as they beat Porto 2-0 to lift the European Super Cup.

Villas-Boas: City have talent for a champion debut

It is something of a surprise that until this year Gus Poyet was the only Uruguayan footballer to make a real impact in the Premier League. The South American nation may have a small population, similar to Wales at 3.5 million, but traditionally its footballers are physically robust, tactically astute, and expected to travel.

Villas-Boas raving over Porto's Pereira as Chelsea look to spend again

It is something of a surprise that until this year Gus Poyet was the only Uruguayan footballer to make a real impact in the Premier League. The South American nation may have a small population, similar to Wales at 3.5 million, but traditionally its footballers are physically robust, tactically astute, and expected to travel.

Chelsea confirm making bid for Porto defender Alvaro Pereira

Chelsea have made a bid for Porto defender Alvaro Pereira, manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed.

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The school that means business

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Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

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