Remembering Manchester City's Starting XI Against Bristol City In 2007
Manchester City take on Bristol City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tonight and it gives us a great opportunity to hark back to the 2007 clash between the two.
Pep Guardiola's table-toppers are of course overwhelming favourites for the tie, but Bristol City have knocked out four Premier League teams, including Manchester United in the last round, and so shouldn't be counted out.
City were favourites when they travelled to Ashton Gate for the second round League Cup meeting but things were very different to what they are now.
Sven Goran-Eriksson was in charge of City having been appointed that summer. City weren't exactly short of cash after former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra took ownership of the club, but it was nowhere near the riches they have under the Sheikh Mansour regime.
For Bristol, Gary Johnson, father of current boss Lee, was in the dugout - while Johnson Jr. started in central midfield.
A largely new-look City side had started the season in promising fashion, winning their first three - including a 1-0 Manchester derby victory over United at the Etihad, thanks to a deflected winner from new boy Geovanni.
They lost away at Arsenal in game four though, and Eriksson made eight changes for the trip to Bristol, who had just been promoted into the Championship from League One. Several household names were still involved though.
Joe Hart, who would be City's first-choice goalkeeper until the arrival of Pep Guardiola in 2016, was in between the sticks, playing behind the likes of Vedran Corluka, Sun Jihai, Nedum Onuoha and Michael Ball.
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Youth player Shaleum Logan, now at Aberdeen, was given a rare outing, and joined by Geovanni, Stephen Ireland and Gelson Fernandes in midfield. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have got a long way to go before they surpass those four.
Emile Mpenza and Rolando Bianchi was the dream partnership up top - and both were on target in a 2-1 win for the visitors, with the latter, a summer signing from Reggina bagging the winner in the 81st minute.
Ousmane Dabo and City legend Paul Dickov were the two substitutes used.
Unsurprisingly, no player from the 2007 game, whichever 'City' they played for, will be involved tonight - with only Hart, on loan at West Ham, still contracted to either of the two.
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