These are trying times if you are Roberto Mancini.Manchester City are entering a important phase in this year's campaign. In the Next 3 weeks they play 6 games against top sides in Champions League and Premier League.
It starts with visit of Real Madrid and ends with their fierce rivals and neighbors Manchester United visiting Etihad. Mathematically its still possible that they qualify for Champions League knock out stages provided other results go their way. In the Premier League they are top of the table but could fall behind soon. Manchester City vs Real Madrid - 21 Nov 2012Champions League brings Spanish Champions Real Madrid to the home of English Champions Manchester City. Its a must win game for City and if Ajax defeat Borussia Dortmund then City still have hopes of making it to knockout stages.Mancini would like to take advantage of injury hit Real Madrid. Chelsea vs Manchester City - 25 Nov 2012City travel to London to face Chelsea. Both sides are packed with quality names and has fans licking their lips with likes of Mata, Oscar, Hazard lining up against the likes of Yaya Toure, Silva, Tevez, Aguero. This ones promises to be a entertaining fixture . This rounds up a busy week for Manchester City. Wigan vs Manchester City - 28 Nov 2012Probably the easiest of the fixtures in this crucial run. Whatever be the results in those other big matches City will like to have an easy 3 points against Wigan. Manchester City vs Everton - 01 Dec 2012Everton have had a good start to this season and are currently fifth in the league table. They have already defeated Manchester United this season. City cannot take the current Everton side and this will be a tough test for the City . Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City - 04 Dec 2012Borussia have been scratchy in Bundesliga but excellent in Champions League. If City need to qualify for knockout stages of Champions League they need to overcome Borussia in a away fixture. Roberto Mancini would not want his side to play in Europa League with matches on Thursday. That might have an impact on his side in premier League with matches on weekend. Manchester City vs Manchester United - 09 Dec 2012City end this difficult run with Manchester United visiting them. United have already qualified for Champions League knockout stages and might play weakened side in their remaining matches. This allows to keep key players fresh. Roberto Mancini may not have this luxury with each match important. Both sides are loaded with quality strikers and midfield duels will determine the winner. These are exciting times for a City fan. They watch Manchester City playing top sides in key fixtures. A lot will depend on the results of these matches if City are to contest for titles in England and Europe.