City welcome Norwich to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. In anticipation of the game we take a look back to December 2011 when the two sides met in the grips of the Manchester winter.
Going into the game, City were on fire comfortably sitting at the top of the table, five points clear of Manchester United with a goal difference of +31. With a 100% home to protect Roberto Mancini’s men emphatically ensured that record continued with a 5-1 thumping of their East Anglian opponents.
City dominated the game but found it difficult to break down a resolute Norwich side who sat with 10 men behind the ball. At half time City were ahead thanks to a solitary Sergio Aguero effort. The floodgates finally opened in the second half, however. Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure gave City breathing space before Norwich pulled one back. Late strikes from Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson sent the City fans home happy.
Balotelli’s cool finish with his shoulder for City’s fourth bizarrely irked the BBC’s Garth Crooks so much so that he launched into an impromptu character assassination of the Italian live on Final Score. Crooks labelled Balotelli a “liability” and insisted that City should sell him immediately “if they wanted to be taken seriously”. A quite absurd, yet laughable, response to a substitute coming off the bench and scoring a perfectly legitimate goal, I think you’ll agree.
To watch full match highlights click here.
Roberto Mancini said after the game:
It was not easy because it was only 1-0 in the first half and if you don’t score the game can change. Norwich defended with all their players behind the ball. It is not important now [to be top of the table], it is important to be there at the end of the season.
City’s Starting 11
Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure, Gareth Barry, Samir Nasri, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero
Aguero, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Balotelli, Johnson
On this day Lana Del Rey was sitting at number 24 in the UK Singles Chart with Video Games.
Written by Robert Toole