Everyone loves thrilling matches. And good rivalries produce great matches. It’s exactly what pulls in the mass, the people and the media. These games create indelible moments in a fan’s life while a lifelong misery in the other. Over the years, the top tier of English football has witnessed some of the fiercest rivalries in world football.
In this article, we focus on the new big boys of the Premier League, Manchester City. City notably played derbies against Manchester United back in the days but since the club’s resurgence to power in the English League, rivalries against the top sides were inevitable.
Manchester City’s domestic success of late has seen the team compete against the big clubs in the Premier League along the way. Be it Roy Keane’s whip at Alf-Inge Haaland in the Manchester Derby or Aguero’s nasty lunge at David Luiz in 2017, the blue side of Manchester has had quite a bit of intense rivalries in the archives. Here’s a look at some of the most hated rivals of Manchester City.
Not a hot derby but surely a mouth-watering encounter to watch as Manchester City caused quite a few problems for Arsene Wenger back in the days. Arsenal remained unbeaten against City in the Premier League till 2006 but after Sheikh Mansour’s takeover, things got worse for the Gunners as Wenger managed to win just twice at the Etihad ever since. The first match between Arsenal and City was played on 11th November, 1893 which the Blues lost 1-0.
Head-to-head: Played- 197 (all competitions)
Arsenal win- 96
City win- 56
One of the most heated ties between the two teams took place in 2009 in which Emmanuel Adebayor ran the full pitch to celebrate his goal and rile up the traveling Arsenal fans. The forward had recently switched clubs which caused quite a bit of outrage against the Togo international.
In December 2013, the two played out a 9-goal thriller where Pellegrini’s City emerged 6-3 victorious at the Etihad. Now with Mikel Arteta leaving Pep’s camp to join Arsenal as their head coach after the departure of Unai Emery, the future games promise to create many more enjoyable encounters between the two.
Most recent result– Arsenal 0-3 Man City (PL, 15 December 2019; de Bruyne 2’ 40’, Sterling 15’)
Notable players to have played for both the clubs– Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Patrick Vieira
Manchester City’s run against Chelsea is not that good, they have lost 25 times against the Londoners, their highest against a single Premier League opponent. Chelsea won the league under Antonio Conte during Pep’s first season at Manchester, who succeeded in doing the double over the Catalan for the first time in the latter’s career. The two outfits met for the first time on 7th December, 1907 which finished in a 2-2 draw at the Stamford Bridge.
Head-to-head: Played- 164 (all competitions)
Chelsea win- 67
City win- 58
Sergio Aguero has netted the most league goals against Chelsea than any other player in the league’s history (10).
There has been a number of high-intensity matches between the two since City came into power.
On 27th February 2010, City defender Wayne Bridge denied shaking John Terry’s hand before kickoff over allegations about Terry’s relationship with Bridge’s ex-partner which was all over the media. The game ended 2-4 as Chelsea lost their first home match in that campaign.
Another unforgettable match was the 6-0 defeat of Chelsea at the Etihad as the visitors were left in shambles who were four goals down within 25 minutes as Sergio Aguero recorded a hattrick equaling Alan Shearer’s count.
Most recent result– Man City 2-1 Chelsea (PL, 23 November 2019; Kante 21’/ de Bruyne 29’, Mahrez 37’)
Notable players to have played for both the clubs– Frank Lampard, Shawn Wright-Phillips, Willy Caballero, Kevin de Bruyne, Nicolas Anelka, Daniel Sturridge