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Things we love: Lionel Messi’s visit and Salt Bae

THINGS WE LOVE: Lionel Messi made a surprise visit our the City Academy this week.

THINGS WE LOVE: Lionel Messi made a surprise visit our the City Academy this week.

Surprises for our Academy players, holiday photographs and Champions League wins are just some of the things we’re loving at Manchester City this week.

There’s been a shortage of first team players at the City Football Academy, but plenty has caught our eye over the last seven days, including Lionel Messi, Salt Bae and Uwe Rosler.

Surprise!

For any youngster, there’s nothing better than meeting your footballing heroes and our U7 and U8 Academy players had the chance to do just that this week.

With Sergio Aguero welcoming his Argentina teammates to the CFA, he and Lionel Messi surprised our youngsters at their training session.

A day they’re unlikely to forget!

Meme royalty

It’s a double hit from Aguero in our latest edition of Things We Love, who earns a second inclusion for the good company he kept at the close of our Abu Dhabi training camp.

The Argentine striker dined with Roberto Mancini at chef Nusret Gökçe’s restaurant.

You may know him better as Salt Bae!

#RobertoMancini @nusr_et 🤙🏽 #dubai

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Uwe’s story

Uwe Rosler also makes the list this week for a must-read piece on the Coaches Voice.

Offering revealing insights into his coaching and playing career, as well as his battle with illness, the former City striker speaks glowingly of his relationship with the Maine Road faithful.

Here’s a taster: “I flew to Manchester for a reserve game against Burnley at Maine Road.

“When I walked on to the pitch I couldn’t believe how many people were there – it must have been around 5,000. For a reserve game! And they were singing.

“I was unbelievably impressed.”

Read the full article, here.

Advantage City

Nick Cushing’s women’s first team made a fine start in the Champions League quarter-final against Linkoping.

Nikita Parris and Jane Ross were on target in a 2-0 victory to put us in a commanding position ahead of the second leg in Sweden and there was more reason to celebrate as Tessel Middag returned from a 10 month injury lay off.

Read Tessel's reaction, here.

Sharp-shooting Sterling

Raheem Sterling has certainly been showcasing his skills while away with England.

The City winger shared a montage of his best bits earlier in the week before this clip of a quick-thinking, improvised goal.

Bonus points for checking it was on camera, too!

We got it, @sterling7... 👌

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April Premier League fixture update

BREAKTHROUGH: City celebrate Sergio Agüero's opener, the Argentine's 12th Premier League goal against Newcastle.

Two of Manchester City’s Premier League fixtures in April may be rearranged depending on our progression in the Champions League.

Should we beat Liverpool and reach the semi-finals, our home game against Swansea City and away trip to West Ham United will be affected.