Lots can change in 13 years. Simply ask Manchester City followers.
A lot of them may not bear in mind the occasions instantly earlier than Sheikh Mansour’s takeover in the summertime of 2008, given they began supporting the membership post-glory.
So for many who don’t know: this membership, simply topped probably the most dominant champions in Premier League historical past (once more), as soon as misplaced 8-1 to Middlesbrough. And it wasn’t even that way back.
City have gained their fifth top-flight title since 2008 as Manchester United misplaced to Leicester tonight, however every other consequence would’ve solely delayed the inevitable.
It’s been City’s for fairly a while now, however there’s something poignant about it occurring on Could 11 – the 13th anniversary of the worst defeat within the membership’s historical past.
In what was a battle of England managers previous and future, Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough embarrassed Sven-Goran Eriksson’s City in a consequence that hardly appears attainable as we speak.
A hat-trick from Afonso Alves, a brace from Stewart Downing, plus targets from Adam Johnson, Fabio Rochemback and Jeremie Aliadiere made Elano’s strike for City the definition of a comfort.
It began when Richard Dunne acquired himself despatched off on 15 minutes – opening floodgates that are troublesome to think about now that Ruben Dias occupies the centre of defence for City.
In most respects, issues couldn’t be extra totally different now. Right here’s a have a look at the workforce that began that day, and the trophies City have gained since their future was reworked that summer season…
Man City trophies since they misplaced 8-1 to Middlesbrough
Premier League: 2011/12, 2013/14, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2020/21
FA Cup: 2010/11, 2018/19
EFL Cup: 2013/14, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21
They’ve added one other Premier League title to that listing and will additionally win their first ever Champions League later this month once they meet Chelsea within the ultimate.
However this goes for the Blues as effectively: in mild of all the things that has occurred with the European Tremendous League in latest weeks, always remember the place you got here from.