It would be fair to liken the start of Bernardo Corradi’s Manchester City career to the classic analogy of a London bus.
The Italian had waited 13 matches before he finally found himself on the scoresheet against Fulham on this day in 2006, but then preceded to add another to his tally just 20 minutes later.
Corradi’s volleyed effort just after the ten-minute mark, and calm finish into the roof of the net after the half-hour are not the most memorable of City goals, nor is the fact that we ended up overcoming Fulham 3-1, but the celebration which followed his two strikes certainly is.
The forward was so impressed with the service he had received from Joey Barton in the buildup to both goals, he decided to reward the midfielder with a knighthood, using the corner flag as a makeshift sword - much to the delight of his teammates and the City fans in attendance.
Pep Guardiola’s men continued their march to a first Premier League title in three years with a 16th consecutive win in all competitions away at Leicester.
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, but it was Kevin De Bruyne’s thunderbolt which secured the three points at the King Power.Shuffling the ball onto his left foot, the Belgian launched an absolute rocket from just outside the box past the despairing dive of Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Pep Guardiola’s men edged out Leicester once again a year later, this time in the quarter-finals of our triumphant Carabao Cup campaign.
Kevin De Bruyne’s first goals of the season gave us an early lead, but that was cancelled out by Marc Albrighton with fifteen minutes of normal time to play to force a penalty shootout.
Thankfully, we kept our nerve when it mattered most, edging out the hosts 3-1 from the spot.
We would go on to beat Burton Albion over two legs in the semis, before once again coming out on top in a penalty shootout to bring home the trophy against Mauricio Sarri’s Chelsea at Wembley.