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.
Manchester City’s domestic success of late has seen the team make rivals along the way. In this article, let us have a look at some of the biggest rivals of Manchester City.
Based on various factors like intensity, media hype, atmosphere and quality of the matches, here are the five biggest rivals of Manchester City.
Arsenal vs Manchester City today in a game has calmed down since threatening to become the next big rivalry in the Premier League around a decade ago. However, it is surely a mouth-watering encounter to watch.
Whilst most big rivalries are attributed purely to geography, others are born out of circumstance. One of the most heated ties between the two teams took place in 2009. Emmanuel Adebayor scored and ran the full pitch to celebrate his goal and rile up the travelling Arsenal fans. The forward had recently switched clubs which caused quite a bit of outrage against the Togo international.
Between 2009 and 2014, City signed a few Arsenal players, including the likes of Nasri, Clichy, Adebayor, Kolo Toure etc, which probably angered the Arsenal fans. All this resulted in a rivalry that has resulted in some good matches.
Manchester City and Chelsea have been the two most successful teams in England in the last decade. The rivalry has merely stemmed out of the fact that both the teams go head-to-head for silverware.
Last season, Chelsea beat Manchester City in the final of the Champions League, resulting in a new chapter in the rivalry between these two.
Chelsea won the league under Antonio Conte during Pep’s first season at Manchester. However, City won three of the next four league titles, showing their intent. Chelsea is one of the biggest rivals of Manchester City.
3. Tottenham Hotspur
Before the turn of the century, the meetings of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City were not considered as a rivalry. However, after the takeover in 2009, City started to focus to play regular European football. The two clubs battled for fourth place and a Champions League spot in 2009/10, there has been an undoubted escalation of ‘hostilities’.
When the two sides met in May 2010, with Champions League football for the following season on the line, the game was suitably tense. Spurs of course came out on top, Peter Crouch heading in the late winner. Thus, started a low-scale rivalry which has increased over the years, especially with Manchester City dominating English football.
The two faced off in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2019 where VAR stopped Pep’s party as Sterling’s late strike was disallowed in the second leg which allowed Spurs to win 4-4 on away goals.