It is fair to say that Manchester City fans are having a ball of a time this season. After going on a 20 game unbeaten run which stretched over two months, City find themselves still battling on four fronts for silverware.
City have booked another trip to Wembley for the Capitol One Cup Final in March and are many people’s favourites to regain the Premier League title from neighbours and bitter rivals, Manchester United. A mouth-watering encounter with Barcelona in the Champions League is just around the corner whilst fellow Premier League title contenders, Chelsea, make a trip to the Etihad Stadium in the 5th Round of the FA Cup later in the month.
Since the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as manager last summer, City have adopted a free flowing, easy-on-the-eye attacking brand of football which has provided no end of entertainment for the supporters. This season, City average four goals a game at home and they reached 100 goals in all competitions in record time when Edin Dzeko scored the 100th against Cardiff back in January. The 5-1 thumping of Tottenham last week was the latest in a long line of thrashings which the Blues have dished out this season. The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Norwich have all succumbed to the Manchester City goal machine.
After years of unmitigated mediocrity it is little wonder City fans cannot get enough of what is being served up by Manuel Pellegrini’s men. It is not since the golden years of the late 1960s and early 1970s when the likes of Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee were strutting their stuff that City have enjoyed such a sustained period of success. Since then, City have yo-yoed up and down the divisions and sat and watched as Manchester United won almost every trophy under the sun. Fast forward to 2014 and it finally feels like the tide is changing.
City may not have a history laden with trophies but they have a history which the supporters are fiercely proud of and most, if not all, wouldn’t have it any other way. If you have anything approaching an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things City, it might be worth finding out how well you know your team. This quiz from Ladbrokes has a series of questions relating to all 20 Premier League sides, with the average score for each team tallied up and each club ranked from top to bottom based on how high their score is. Can City finish at the top of the football knowledge table?