The blue moon has risen. And so have stadium attendances, levels of talent in the club’s ranks, and the number of items in the trophy cabinet. Manchester City have muscled their way among the Premier League big boys and stuck there – just try to dislodge them!
Having risen from the depths of mid-table and beyond, the Red Devils’ noisy neighbours may have spent a good few years yo-yoing between the top two tiers, but the last five years have seen Noel Gallagher and co. celebrating in the stands like never before.
History in the Premier League
Swapping between the Premier League and the lower divisions for the best part of a decade, the blue half of Manchester added an ounce of stability to their performances in the early noughties, even finishing inside the top 10 on a handful of occasions.
When the Arabian money rolled into the club in 2008, City only continued to climb the league ladder with the help of high-profile players like Robinho and Carlos Tevez amidst their ranks.
Playing without glancing over their shoulder at the relegation zone for once in their Premier League life, the blue moon rose all the way to the top, winning the league in 2012 and 2014.
Tiki-Taka comes to Manchester
The life of a football manager can be a cruel one at times, as City boss Manuel Pellegrini discovered upon learning that he would be replaced at the end of the 2015-16 season by the renowned coach, Pep Guardiola, despite still challenging for several trophies.
Bringing with him his signature brand of football, City’s incoming Spanish boss will have almost unlimited funds at his disposal, as well as a dressing room that’s already stacked to the rafters with international footballing talent.
After a star-stubbed playing career at Catalan giants Barcelona, Pep achieved similarly stunning results as Barça boss, before dominating the Bundesliga with none other than Bayern Munich.
While success is almost guaranteed with his appointment, one thing is for certain: the red half of Manchester is quaking in its football boots at the mere thought of Guardiola in the City dugout.
“Feed the Goat and he will score” – that’s what they used to chant back in the nineties, as Shaun Goater, along with Wanchope, Quinn, and Anelka caused the crowds to erupt around all corners of Maine Road.
With City now buying big on a regular basis, future legends walk through the doors of the Etihad every transfer window, while a few academy graduates are beginning to give the old guard a bit of competition for a regular spot in the starting XI.
With the firepower of a man twice the size, little Kun Agüero is always somewhere near the top of City’s scoring charts, as well as the league as a whole. And while his goals are frequent and often stunning, one is etched in the minds of City fans more than any other, coupled with Martin Tyler’s commentary: “Agüeroooooooo…”
An integral part of the spine of City’s title-flirting team, along with Kompany, Touré, and Agüero, Joe Hart isn’t just a constant presence between the sticks for his club side: he’s the undisputed England number one, too.