1 Bring harmony from discord
Many City players were deeply dispirited at the end of a difficult few years under Roberto Mancini, finding it hard to tolerate the way the Italian criticised them publicly. City hope that an older man, with better interpersonal skills, will quickly begin recreating a team ethic. At the heart of chief executive Ferran Soriano’s philosophy is the notion of a core of players steeped in the City philosophy who will teach it to newcomers. It will be for Pellegrini to help introduce that.
Defender is out of contract in the summer
Following the match between England and San Marino, we take a look at how each player performed.
Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlain starts
Chelsea defender hurt his knee at the weekend and will not feature against San Marino
Southampton 3 Manchester City 1
Kompany limped out of last week's FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke
Aston Villa 0 Southampton 1: Despite injury-hit team falling into drop zone, manager says he must go with what he's got
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is adamant top players should be able to fit into any system - and insisted only weak teams would collapse after one defeat.
Some discernible patterns of behaviour are becoming clear in Roberto Mancini, and they are always at their most visible when Manchester City have had a bad night.
Scepticism at the manager's methods grows after Champions League debacle against Ajax
It really was what they said it might be – a Group of Death – and it has all but certainly deposited Manchester City from the Champions League at the first hurdle once again. But what we saw here last night was an act of self-immolation, a defeat which confirms that the club's own failings are the problem on an evening of dreadful defending and few chances created.
Kyle Walker has hailed the impact England coach Gary Neville has had on his game as he prepares to make his first competitive start for his country.
Theo Walcott has become the fourth member of Roy Hodgson's England squad to pull out of tomorrow night's friendly against Italy in Berne.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has become the latest member of Roy Hodgson's England squad to pull out of Wednesday's friendly with Italy in Berne.
Manchester City defender Kolo Touré is in talks with Bursaspor over a move to Turkey.