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With Premier League Gone, City Turns to Champions League

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva (L) vies with Leicester City's French midfielder N'Golo Kante during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
With Premier League Gone, City Turns to Champions League

Now that Manchester City is essentially out of the running for the Premier League titles this year, they should be focusing on going as far as they can in the Champions League. Their Round of 16 Leg 1 match against Dynamo Kiev is next week. With Vincent Kompany back, City is a little bit healthier going into this important away match. Perhaps they can do what Chelsea has since they have never been in the EPL this season, focus on the Champions League and be successful there.

Chelsea lost 2-1 to Paris St. Germain on the road in their Round of 16 match on Tuesday. Perhaps as defeats go, this one was not so bad. With the away goal, Chelsea can now advance with a 1-0 win in London. Since the aggregate is what counts and the first tie-breaker is away goals, this might give Chelsea a slight advantage going into the Second Leg.

Arsenal, still very much in contention for the Premier League after their dramatic last second victory over Leicester City on Sunday, will host Barcelona later this week. This promises to be a great game, but Arsenal will have to be at their best as they take on the defending champions with the best player in the game, Lionel Messi.

The three remaining Premier League teams will be formidable in this round. But Arsenal advancing would be a shocker. Chelsea has a decent chance going into the Second Leg. That leaves Manchester City who has been beaten up the past couple of weeks by Leicester City and then the referees and Tottenham Hotspur. Injuries have played a huge role in City’s downfall, the latest being Delph and DeBruyne. On paper, it would seem City should be able to win this match-up. But it’s been so long since they have won a match, one has to wonder about their mental state going into this one. Perhaps getting out of England will do them some good?

With Manuel Pelligrini already on his way out and Pep Guardiola set to take over nest season, it would be nice to see City get it going here and give Manuel a proper sendoff. To do this, Kompany must become a huge factor like he was prior to his calf injuries that have caused him to miss most of the season. They also need Sergio Aguero and David Silva to be difference makers on the offensive end.

Our picks for today: Manchester City wins 2-1 and Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-0.

With Premier League Gone, City Turns to Champions League

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