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Season 2011/12

Review of 2011: August

  • 05 January 2012 14:23
  • Posted by Alex Rowen

This could become a habit. A third Wembley visit in four months ushered in August as the City faithful travelled south once more for the Community Shield.

Having entertained fans with the annual open training session, Roberto Mancini set his players’ minds to the task of tackling United in the showpiece curtain-raiser.

Despite leading 2-0 at half-time through Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko, the Blues were undone as the Reds recovered to claim the season's first silverware, Nani pouncing in the 90th minute.

That defeat was soon set aside as the Champions League group stages were drawn. Faced with the possibility of Barcelona and AC Milan, Blues were initially relieved to be drawn instead with Bayern Munich and Villarreal.

But when Napoli, arguably the strongest of the fourth-seed sides, were drawn out, the dreaded 'group of death' lay in wait for City

The club’s commitment to young English talent saw Joe Hart and Micah Richards sign new long-term contracts, and they were just two of six Blues called up by Fabio Capello to face Holland in a pre-season friendly.

Joleon Lescott, James MilnerGareth Barry and Adam Johnson were the other four selected to pit their skills against club team-mate Nigel de Jong.

Fan favourites Shaun Wright-Phillips and Craig Bellamy both left on transfer deadline day as Samir Nasri, Owen Hargreaves and Costel Pantilimon joined the City ranks and a number of stars left on loan – most notably Emmanuel Adebayor, to Premier League rivals Tottenham.

Aguero Celebrates

Sergio Aguero celebrated a dream debut on opening night, coming off the bench to score two and make one in the 4-0 win over newly-promoted Swansea, and the Blues beat Bolton 3-2 at the Reebok ahead of a hotly-anticipated trip to White Hart Lane.

An emphatic 5-1 win over Tottenham closed the month in style. Etihad Player of the Month Dzeko scored four to secure the perfect opening to the new campaign and announce City’s arrival as credible title challengers.

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