Ahead of the home game against Liverpool on Boxing Day, here is a look back to when the two teams played at the Etihad at the beginning of the 2010/11 season.
The game was notable for a number of reasons. First of all, City did something they had not managed to do since April 2005 and won. Thanks to Gareth Barry’s opener and a brace from Carlos Tevez, Roberto Mancini’s men made easy work of Roy Hodgson’s deflated Liverpool team to register their first win of the season.
Secondly, the day marked Sheikh Mansour’s first visit to Manchester to watch City and it seemed as if the players were out to impress the owner. The likes of James Milner, who was making his City debut, stood out as City sent out a warning to the rest of the league. On the back of a summer of heavy investment, where the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva were recruited, the pressure was on. The result against Liverpool went some way to justifying the heavy investment and silenced some of the critics.
Mancini said after the game:
I wasn’t surprised, because I thought we could play a good game tonight. If we go out on the pitch with a good mentality then we can beat any team. It’s hard to score three goals against a team like Liverpool.
Of course, the season ended on a high as City finished 3rd in the Premier League. More pertinently City ended their 35 year wait for silverware by winning the FA Cup.
City’s Starting 11
Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure, James Milner, Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry, Nigel De Jong, Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez
Barry, Tevez x2
Watch the match highlights by clicking here.
On this day, The Wanted hit the nail on the head as they sat at number 8 in an awful UK Singles Chart with All Time Low.
Written by Robert Toole