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Italian football team manager Gabriele Oriali has asserted that striker Mario Balotelli's possible return to the national squad may be affected by his poor on-field discipline this season. Balotelli, who has scored nine league goals so far for French Ligue 1 side Nice, has picked up three red cards this season.

Oriali on Tuesday emphasised the team's code of ethics in front of reporters.

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Manchester City came from behind twice to prevail 5-3 over Monaco in an exciting first-leg clash of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie.

Monaco posed a stiff challenge for City at the Etihad Stadium here on Tuesday in a match plagued by defensive lapses on both sides. The first goal of the high scoring encounter came in the 26th minute, as Raheem Sterling put the hosts ahead with a major assist from Leroy Sane.

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Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho has emphasised teamwork as the key to victory over English football giants Manchester City in UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg on Tuesday.

"To beat City, we have to play as a team," he told the club's website on Monday, a day before the clash at the Etihad Stadium.

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Manchester City confirmed the injury that Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus sustained during the English Premier League (EPL) football game against Bournemouth.

The 19-year-old suffered a fractured metatarsal and could be out of action for three months.

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Manchester City defeated Bournemouth 2-0 to leap-frog Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal into second place in the Premier League standings.

City's in form Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus left the field at Bournemouth's Vitality stadium on Saturday with a foot injury in the 15th minute, making way for the return of Argentine striker Sergio "Kun" Ag├╝ero, who started the last three matches on the bench. The substitution did nothing to slow the visitors' attack, which relied on the pace of wingers Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, relegated to the bench in the last three games, asserting that the Chilean is "one of the best in the world."

Bravo, who arrived at Manchester City from FC Barcelona last summer, has been harshly criticised by the British media for his performance in the first half of the season.

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Manchester City and Argentina full back Pablo Zabaleta on Tuesday backed his football club's teammate Sergio Aguero saying he is used to battling top strikers for a place in the starting XI.

Since the arrival of Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, Aguero has fallen down the pecking order and was dropped for a second successive game on Sunday.

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