ESPN – Manuel Pellegrini must get Man City back on the Premier League title trail

Manuel Pellegrini has said he is unaware regarding speculation surrounding Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. In the final day of our week-long look at the top clubs in the Premier League, it's time to look at the managers. BOSS REVIEW: Premier League managers Chelsea: Mourinho needs UCL improvement Man Utd: Decent start from Van Gaal Man City: Pellegrini peril with Pep lurking Arsenal: Cup King Wenger needs a title challenge Liverpool: Rodgers clings on despite failings Rate the boss — how Manuel Pellegrini performed in 2014-15 Manchester City's 2014-15 season started poorly, picked up demonstrably in the winter, dropped off again critically in the New Year and finished strongly with a six game winning streak. It is a human weakness to remember the most recent action in one's existence more clearly than anything else. Thus, Pellegrini seems to have…

GUARDIAN – Talking points: Liverpool fail to test Hull’s frantic defence | Simon Burnton

Mario Balotelli struggles, Philippe Countinho shines and Steve Harper is City’s veteran heroIn most circumstances Hull circumspect formation would be the most obvious approach to games against apparently superior sides, though with victories essential as they battle to avoid relegation there could have been more ambition. With a five-man defence supported when Liverpool had the ball by at least three others – often N’Doye was the only man ahead of the ball as they battled to regain possession – they formed a formidable barrier, but at the expense of ceding possession and limiting their offensive options. It is hard to be critical in the context of a precious victory, but their opportunities were few and had one of Liverpool’s late thrusts come to fruition they would surely have regretted their failure to subject the visitors’ defence to greater examination. Continue reading…