Manchester City have set themselves a class apart since Pep Guardiola took over from Manuel Pellegrini, they have set a benchmark that only Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have threatened to meet. However, in the process, their lows have been well recorded and made a point of. We take a look at 10 Manchester City Defeats that have made City look less like what they aspire to be.
10. Middlesbrough FC vs Manchester City, 2007-08 Premier League
City suffered their worst defeat in the Premier League era on the last day of the season at the Riverside Stadium against a spirited Middlesbrough side.
The minnows who had already secured top flight football the week before, ran riot as City’s 14th minute red card to skipper Bunn meant they conceded from whatever was shot at them. The scoreline read 8-1. Absolute humiliation.
9. Manchester City vs Liverpool, 2018 UEFA Champions League
After having secured a 0-1 away goal victory at Anfield a week ago, City got off to a flying start at the Etihad with an early goal from Jesus after a fantastic bit of play from ex-Liverpool man Raheem Sterling.
However, a Salah inspired Liverpool came back strongly in the 2nd half to put two past Ederson and make it 2-2 on aggregate. Liverpool proceeded to the next round, thanks to more away goals.
8. Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspurs, 2019 UEFA Champions League
This hurts City fans the most in terms of Champions League defeats. The Etihad outfit were denied their moment in the semifinals of the Champions League by VAR as Tottenham came to the Etihad and scored twice through Son and once through Llorente.
Although City scored 4, it wasn’t enough as the Londoners went ahead thanks to away goals.
7. Manchester City vs Manchester United, 2017-18 Premier League
City were leading the league table by a massive 14 points and could wrap up the trophy at their home, the Etihad Stadium by beating arch-rivals Manchester United. In an ideal world, that was every City fan’s dream.
It went according to the script as well, as City scored 2 in the first half but United staged an impossible comeback, scoring twice through Paul Pogba and once through Chris Smalling to register a 2-3 away victory, one that marred City’s day.
6. York City vs Manchester City, 1998-99 Football League Two
City were battling bankruptcy in the second tier of English football and had sold star man Kinkladze to Ajax for $5m. They looked lost in the division and defeat to York City was the final nail in the coffin.
They sunk to 12th in the table and were hopeless of a return to the top tier. The match ended 1-2 away at Bootham Crescent. However, they would go on to put together a great season and gain successive promotions back to the Premier League.
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5. AS Monaco vs Manchester City, 2017 UEFA Champions League
Pep Guardiola was brought in to give City some much needed progress in the European competition. But in his first season in charge, City lost out to a rampant AS Monaco at the Principality Stadium thanks to a certain Kylian Mbappe.
City’s defense had no answers to Leonardo Jardim’s amazing Monaco team comprising of Fabinho, Mbappe, Bakayoko, Mendy and Bernardo Silva. City were out of the Champions League.
4. Real Madrid vs Manchester City, 2016 UEFA Champions League
Another disappointing night in the Champions League. Manchester City played out a stalemate at the Etihad Stadium with Los Blancos, finishing 0-0 and Gareth Bale’s 20th minute finish was the only goal in the entire tie.
Zidane’s side progressed to the next round and would ultimately go on to win the title. City and their Champions League misery continued.
3. Wigan Athletic vs Manchester City, 2017-18 FA Cup
The FA Cup brings its own share of surprises. Another one of those as League Two side Wigan Athletic dumped Manchester City out of the FA Cup thanks to a Will Grigg goal away at the DW Stadium.
The game was a total mess considering Pep Guardiola’s team created less chances and less shots on target even after keeping the ball for over 60% of the match.
2. Barcelona vs Manchester City, 2016-17 UEFA Champions League
Manchester City’s dismal ousters from the European competition continued in the 2016-17 season as well as Luis Enrique’s Barcelona put 4 past them to humiliate the English side and run away with Champions League victory.
With brilliant performances from Neymar and Messi, Barcelona totally dominated a hapless City side that had no answers to Barca’s brilliance.
1. Manchester City vs Everton, 2016-17 Premier League
City were handed a thrashing at Goodison Park at the hands of Everton with goals from Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Tom Davies and Lookman to come away with an embarrassing scoreline of 4-0.
This was the biggest defeat in City’s history against the Merseysiders and considering the rivalry that exists between the two regions, it’s only natural to think that this had consequences.