When this decade comes to an end, Manchester City will have played 534 games over the past 10 years. A decade that is bound to live long in the memory of City fans, but also the footballing community as a whole. There have been so many incredible matches over the past 10 years, but we‘ve managed to rank the best into a top ten.
10. Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea (2012)
There have been many memorable nights at the Etihad, but one of these was in March 2011, as Carlos Tevez made his return following the dramatic fall out with manager Roberto Mancini. The Argentine tee’d up Samir Nasri’s late winner to maintain the pressure on the league leaders Manchester United. A fantastic final 20 minute display saw goals from Sergio Agüero and Samir Nasri turn the game around. The result was followed by buoyant scenes, where City fans goaded Chelsea supporters with celebrations to the famous One Step Beyond tune by Madness, an anthem of the London club.
9. Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich (2014)
At number nine is the famous Champions League comeback, where a Sergio Agüero hat-trick inspired City to a 3-2 comeback against Bayern Munich to reinvigorate their hopes of making it out of the group stages. Two goals in the last five minutes from Agüero set City up for a must win game in Rome, as they progressed from a group many had them down to struggle in.
8. Manchester City 3-1 Barcelona (2016)
Another emphatic European evening was the 3-1 victory against Barcelona. Debatable, but in my opinion, this was Pep’s first big moment as City boss as he beat the side he had had so much success with, both as a player and as a coach. After a glittering counter attack was finished off by Messi 21 minutes into the game, many would have expected City to capitulated, but they did the opposite and just before half time a high press caused Barcelona to falter and left Gundogan with a tap in to make it 1-1.
City were fired up in the second half and soon took the lead , courtesy of a Kevin De Bruyne free kick. They then missed a flurry of chances before Gundogan scored from close range to bag his second and the Blues’ third. An exciting victory and a famous night back in 2016 after a series of defeats to the Spanish champions.
7. Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City (2019)
The goal will undoubtedly be more memorable than the game itself – however Monday the 6th May 2019 is a match that will never be forgotten. City, knowing a win would put them 3 points away from back to back Premier League titles met a fired up and strong Leicester team. In a nervous game where big chances were rare, with 20 minutes to go Vincent Kompany scored a screamer from 30 yards out to put the Blues 1-0 up. City thankfully held out for the win despite the tense closing stages as Kompany’s incredible strike proved the difference.
6. Manchester City 1-0 Paris St-Germain (2016)
Another tense 1-0 victory at the Etihad was against Paris St-Germain in 2016. After a closely fought first leg in Paris finishing 2-2, it was all to play for in the Champions League quarter final second leg. Sergio Aguero missed a penalty in the first half and City also had to weather a PSG attacking storm where goalkeeper Joe Hart kept the clean sheet in tact. Kevin De Bruyne’s strike was enough to seal the win late on and meant Manual Pellegrini had taken City into the last 4 of the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
5. Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United (2012)
There have been several memorable 1-0 victories against rivals Manchester United over the decade, but the best of these was in 2012 when a Vincent Kompany header on the brink of half time put City in complete control of the Premier League title race. An evening in which City were far superior, with United failing to register a shot on target in the whole 90 minutes. The result saw the Blues overturn what was an 8 point gap a matter of weeks before, with the thumping header in first half stoppage time from Kompany being the difference.
4. Manchester City 1-0 Stoke (2011)
The 35 year wait for a major trophy was ended on the 14th May 2011, when a Yaya Touré strike on the 74th minute won Manchester City the FA Cup against Stoke. A day that many consider the real kick start to the successes of this incredible decade, with that FA Cup trophy being the first of 13 pieces of silverware picked up by the Blues over the past 10 years.
3. Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City (2011)
At number three is the formidable afternoon Manchester City fans witnessed in October 2011. The City fans still sing about it to this day, as for the second time in the club’s history City beat Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford. Mario Ballotelli opened the scoring midway through the first half, but an emphatic second half display saw City thump another 5 goals past David De Gea and win the game by 6 goals to 1. Ballotelli and Dzeko both bagged braces while Sergio Aguero and David Silva were also amongst the goal scorers. The ruthless performance marked debatably the first real sign of a shift in footballing dominance in the city.
2. Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United (2011)
Reaching a first FA Cup Final in 30 years was the incredible opportunity that fell to Roberto Mancini’s City side on the 16th April 2011, when Manchester City met Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final. In a game of such fine margins when a mistake from Micheal Carrick presented an opportunity to Yaya Toure, the Ivorian coolly slotted home 10 minutes into the second half to send the blue side of Wembley into bedlam. City held out for a 1-0 win sparking wild celebrations, and the opportunity of a first major trophy since 1976 was suddenly a distinct possibility.
1. Manchester City 3-2 Queens-Park Rangers (2012)
At number one is, of course, the landmark game against QPR in May of 2012 where Manchester City won their first league league title in over 4 decades with the infamous “AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” moment in the dying seconds of injury time.
On paper it was quite simple, Mancini’s City came into the match knowing a win against struggling Queen’s Park Rangers would win them the league title because of their far superior goal difference, however the afternoon was far from simple.
After Pablo Zabaleta made it 1-0 midway through the first half it felt as if a huge burden had been lifted off the entire Etihad Stadium. But a Joleon Lescott error, shortly into the second half gave QPR’s Cisse an opportunity to pounce and make it 1-1. Moments later, QPR’s Joey Barton was shown a red card after Tevez suffered a vicious blow to the face and ugly scenes followed. The game then took a huge twist as Jamie Mackie headed home for QPR to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
A club that is known for fighting to the end with dramatic late comebacks once again showed off that particular characteristic as Edin Dzeko’s header found the back of the net on the 92nd minute. 93 minutes and 20 seconds into the 38th and final game of the season, Sergio Aguero’s strike wrote himself into City folklore with a goal that sent the blue side of Manchester into a whirlwind of celebrations after the most dramatic of matches. That game will surely never, ever, be topped.
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