Wednesday evening represents the first time Manchester City have travelled to Juventus in the Champions League. The Blues have made two previous visits to Turin and are yet to come back with a victory, though whatever the result of the match for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, the fans can rest safely in the knowledge that the team is already in the knockout phase of the competition.
The first away match there yielded a 2-0 defeat, in the second leg of a UEFA Cup tie that knocked the club out of the competition – after their 1-0 win at Maine Road a couple of weeks earlier. In 1976, Tony Book’s side included names like Joe Corrigan, Mike Doyle, Brian Kidd, Dennis Tueart and Joe Royle – but they weren’t able to get the result they needed.
It was actually Roberto Mancini who made the next visit to Turin for a competitive game – though, much like Wednesday evening, the match was a dead rubber. Both City and Lech Poznan had already qualified from the Europa League group in 2010 ahead of what was the final fixture in the December.
The hosts took the lead, but City equalised late on through Jo and it meant Mancini’s side topped the group. That had looked under threat as Poznan won against Salzburg.
It was a bizarre away European trip for the club. It was nine days before Christmas and the temperature plummeted in Turin, leaving the plane the team were due to fly home on broken. An engine fault delayed the flight and, with Mancini a superstitious man, he refused to board and made the players stay an extra night.
On top of that, rumour has it that he handed a debut to youngster Chris Chantler after being told it was his 20th birthday, bringing him on in the closing stages of the game as a present. The Italian made nine changes from the match before and the match was played at a snail’s pace as everyone seemed to suffer in the cold.
Ahead of the latest trip to Juventus, here’s what’s happened to the last team to pull on a City kit in Turin.
GK – Shay Given
Given left City at the end of that season, having featured in a few cup matches after losing his place in the team to Joe Hart. He moved to Aston Villa for a fee of around £3.5m, where he spent some time as number one before falling behind Brad Guzan. He featured in all of their 2014-15 FA Cup run and played in last season’s final, aged 39.
The Irishman is now with Stoke City as back-up to Jack Butland.
DF – Micah Richards
The defender went from strength to strength under Mancini and became the club’s regular right-back in their title-winning 2012 campaign. However, Richards suffered badly with injuries in the following years and never really recovered at City, as Pablo Zabaleta rose to prominence. He spent a year on loan at Fiorentina and now captains Aston Villa after moving on a free last summer.
DF – Wayne Bridge
Having fallen behind Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy for the left-back berth at City, Bridge took up a number of loan moves. In January 2011, he spent time with West Ham, who chose not to make the deal permanent, before he went to Sunderland a year later. For the beginning of 2012-13, Bridge moved to Brighton and Hove Albion on a season-long loan and at the end of his contract chose to sign for Reading over the Seagulls. He was released at the end of his only campaign there and retired from the game.
DF – Jerome Boateng
At the end of his only season with City, Boateng moved to Bayern Munich for a fee reported to be around £9.5m, with it generally agreed his time in Manchester hadn’t been a success. He’s now in his fifth campaign with the German side and is a mainstay in their defence, winning three Bundesliga titles, two German Cups, and one Champions League.
DF – Dedryck Boyata
The Belgian spent a season on loan at Bolton during City’s first Premier League title winning campaign and never really bedded himself into the side due to injury. He spent a short period with FC Twente, before he returned to the Blues as a back-up in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He made a handful of appearances, but couldn’t break into the side on a full time basis. Last summer, he moved to Scottish champions Celtic for a fee reported to be around £1.5m and has had several call ups for Belgium.
MF – James Milner
The English midfielder was still in his first year of his contract at City for the last visit to Turin. He saw out his five years, being in and out of the team as both Mancini and Pellegrini struggled to get to grips with what he offered to the side. He was a consummate professional throughout his time and contributed greatly to the Blues’ two titles, and their FA Cup and League Cup winning campaigns. He moved to Liverpool on a free at the end of last season, on a promise of more games in the centre of midfield.
MF – Shaun Wright-Phillips
The 2010-11 season represented a disappointing end for Shaun Wright-Phillips at City. He made only seven league appearances, before joining QPR on the final day of the transfer window the following summer. He played against the Blues in their memorable 2012 title win, being both delighted that his side had stayed up and happy for his former team-mates who secured the Premier League championship in the final minute.
He was released from his contract at QPR at the end of the 2014-15 season, as the club was relegated from the Premier League. He had struggled to maintain a place in the team. The winger took the opportunity to move to the United States and join his brother Bradley in the MLS, with New York Red Bulls.
MF – Adam Johnson
Having had a bit-part in City’s 2012 title win, Johnson joined Sunderland for a fee in the region of £10m. He scored Sunderland’s winner against the Blues in 2012-13 and he netted again on his return to the Etihad in 2014-15, as the Black Cats lost 3-2. He is due to stand trial in February on three charges of sexual activity with an underage girl, allegations he denies.
MF – Patrick Vieira
The former Juventus man made a return to the Old Lady in his final season in a playing shirt. The World Cup winner retired at the end of the campaign and took up a backroom position at the Etihad under Mancini. As City changed manager, he was put in charge of the Elite Development Squad and was seen as a big influence on the improvements they saw in all competitions. Earlier in November, he was announced as manager of New York City FC, following the departure of Jason Kreis, and is due to start in January.
FW – Jo
After leaving City, the Brazilian returned to his home nation and joined Internacional, making 16 appearances and scoring twice in the 2011-12 season. Unable to get his feet under the table, he moved again to Atletico Mineiro – where he linked up and formed a strike partnership with former Brazil superstar Ronaldinho. He won the Campeonato Miniero and the Copa Libertadores in 2013, but following ill discipline it was reported he’d been released by the club.
However, he was reinstated to the squad and, after a year without a goal, scored the winner in the Campeonato Miniero final – from an offside position.
The 28-year-old now plies his trade in the UAE, playing for Dubai-based Al Shabab.
FW – Alex Nimely
In the remainder of his time at City, Nimely made a number of loan moves away from the club. In September 2011, he joined Middlesbrough, making nine appearances across all competitions. An unsuccessful spell at Coventry followed a year later, before a similar time with Crystal Palace in January 2013. He joined Port Vale permanently in November 2014, but failed to make an impact.
In fact, while missing training without permission, he began to take part in sessions with Bolton, before offering to play for free for Coventry – but that was a move rejected by then manager Tony Mowbray. He’s currently without a club.
DF – Pablo Zabaleta (substitute)
The Argentine is the only one of the last team to play against Juventus that’s still with the club. He’s currently recovering from injury in his eighth season in Manchester.
MF – Chris Chantler (substitute)
Officially the first player to have represented City at all levels, Chantler never played for the club beyond that tie with Juventus in 2010. He joined Carlisle after a successful loan spell there in 2011, spending two-and-a-half years with the Cumbrians. After his release at the end of the 2013-14 season, he joined Kilmarnock in the SPL – however he was let go in May and is currently without a club, recovering from surgery on an ankle ligament problem.
Written by David Mooney.