Man City could mark 13-year anniversary of 8-1 defeat to Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough by winning a fifth Premier League title to perfectly illustrate their transformation

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Man City could mark 13-year anniversary of 8-1 defeat to Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough by winning a fifth Premier League title to perfectly illustrate their transformation


A lot can change in 13 years. Just ask Manchester City fans.

Many of them might not remember the events immediately before Sheikh Mansour’s takeover in the summer of 2008, given they started supporting the club post-glory.

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Remember this, Man City fans?

These supporters certainly will…

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These supporters certainly will…

So for those who don’t know: this club, about to be crowned one of the most dominant champions in Premier League history (again), once lost 8-1 to Middlesbrough. And it wasn’t even that long ago.

City will win their fifth top-flight title since 2008 if Manchester United lose to Leicester tonight, but any other result would only be delaying the inevitable.

There would be something poignant if it were to happen on May 11 – the 13th anniversary of the worst defeat in the club’s history.

Something that now seems unthinkable happened on May 11, 2008

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Something that now seems unthinkable happened on May 11, 2008

Afonso Alves was the star of the show

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Afonso Alves was the star of the show

In what was a battle of England managers past and future, Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough embarrassed Sven-Goran Eriksson’s City in a result that hardly seems possible today.

A hat-trick from Afonso Alves, a brace from Stewart Downing, plus goals from Adam Johnson, Fabio Rochemback and Jeremie Aliadiere made Elano’s strike for City the definition of a consolation.

It all started when Richard Dunne got himself sent off on 15 minutes – opening floodgates which are difficult to imagine now that Ruben Dias occupies the centre of defence for City.

In most respects, things couldn’t be more different now. Here’s a look at the team that started that day, and the trophies City have won since their future was transformed that summer…

A lot can change in 13 years

A lot can change in 13 years

Man City trophies since they lost 8-1 to Middlesbrough

Premier League: 2011/12, 2013/14, 2017/18, 2018/19

FA Cup: 2010/11, 2018/19

EFL Cup: 2013/14, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21

They are certain to add another Premier League title to that list and could also win their first ever Champions League later this month when they meet Chelsea in the final.

But this goes for the Blues as well: in light of everything that has happened with the European Super League in recent weeks, never forget where you came from.





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