Manchester City host Southampton on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, with hopes of making amends for their recent trend of poor results.
The Barcelona legend believes that lowered expectations could allow England to play with more freedom at the 2016 Euros in France this summer.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will start against his former side on Wednesday, while midfielder Yaya Toure is a doubt after picking up a knock in the Capital One Cup final.
Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. AFP Sports looks at five things we learnt as the first major prize of the English domestic season was settled:
Former Liverpool winger maintains he is unemotional about his return to Anfield for the final of the Capital One Cup in the colors of his new club Manchester City.
Manchester City might have overcome Everton FC's challenge in the semi final of the League Cup, but their victory was marred by the controvercial goal that was scored by Kevin De Bruyne.
The International Center For Sports Studies (CIES) Football Observatory recently released a list of the most valued players in world football and while players from the Premier League and La Liga predictably dominated the list, Ballon D'or candidate Cristiano Ronaldo found himself demoted to 4th place.
Arsene Wenger is famous for spotting many a young talent early on in their careers, and bringing them to North London, to make them big stars later on. However, the Arsenal FC boss revealed his regret of not signing Raheem Sterling when the winger was 15 years old.
FC Barcelona trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez were snubbed in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage XI, as Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern goal machine Thomas Mueller and English Premier League pair of Raheem Sterling and Willian were included in the side.
Manchester City overcame a poor first-half performance to score three goals without reply in the second half against Borussia Mönchengladbach, finishing as group leaders in the Champions League for the first time