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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Kevin De Bruyne, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo... can you hear the clangs as we drop names liberally to the Media Watch floor?
Here, our Club Journalists pick out which one has impressed them most…
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.