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City Summary – April 15: City draw Real Madrid, key trio soon to return, Gundogan fee agreed

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Time to catch up on today’s news – here’s your City Summary:

The first and biggest news of the day was City drawing Real Madrid out of the bowl this morning, setting up a huge Champions League semi-final clash between the Blues and the world’s most successful football club. Ahsan and Sam Lee were quick to react to the draw with a new episode of the City Watch Podcast.

City received plenty of criticism, including from us at City Watch, over the pricing of the PSG game, and despite said game selling out following the 2-2 draw in Paris, the club have listened with reasonable pricing for the semi-final first leg at the Etihad. The added discount for those on the cup scheme is a good example of rewarding loyalty. Well done City!

Not so good news is that Kompany, Silva and Sterling are all out of tomorrow’s game with Chelsea. However, the talented trio could be back for Tuesday’s game against Newcastle, which barring any injuries tomorrow would see City have a (extremely rare) clean bill of health! Be sure to check out Adam’s preview, Anis’ predicted team article, and our Ask the Opposition with Joe Tweedie for City Watch coverage of tomorrow’s big game!

Stats favour Chelsea tomorrow, but it’s close and a tough one to call with Chelsea quite resurgent and City on a four-match unbeaten run. Our record at Stamford Bridge is cause for concern, though.

Hopefully our players aren’t all sidelined with colds tomorrow! They were left waiting in the rain for a while today. Digging the footwear, Yaya.

The big transfer story of the day is one we’ve been hearing about for a while. The Sun’s football editor Charlie Wyett posted an exclusive today that City have agreed a fee for Ilkay Gundogan after weeks of haggling. Yours truly has been crying out for some elite central midfield signings for a while now, and Gundogan is an ideal fit, on paper, for a Pep Guardiola side.

The man Gundogan could replace, Yaya Toure, is testing the patience of City’s board. Or rather, his odious agent Dimitri Seluk is. City are happy for Yaya to stay and play for Pep, but will listen to offers according to the Daily Mail.

Along with regularly contributing to our site and podcast, Stephen Tudor runs The Daisy Cutter and wrote an exceptional piece on BT Sports’ petty treatment of Manchester City, English football’s last hope in Europe’s elite competition this season.

Emptihad? Total bollocks of course, a social media creation latched on to by click-hungry popular websites. City’s attendances have been exemplary for most of the season, despite an admittedly high number of season ticket holders not showing up. Even in the Champions League, where average attendances are lower than in the Premier League, City are one of the best attended of all 32 teams who have been involved.

That’s it for today. Keep your eyes peeled on @City_Watch and the site, day and night, as we work to deliver the latest City news, views, and other high-quality content.

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