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On this day: Bravo the hero and Mancini appointed

On this day in our history...


Claudio Bravo is the hero as City beat Leicester City 4-3 on penalties to progress to the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Bernardo’s first-half strike looked to have been enough against the Foxes until Jamie Vardy struck seven minutes into added time. Both teams scored their first three spot-kicks before Vardy struck the post with his effort and Riyad Mahrez saw his effort saved by Bravo.


Promising young manager Roberto Mancini succeeds Mark Hughes as manager at City. Unfortunately, results had begun to conspire against the former Blackburn boss and so the board moved quickly to replace him with the Italian coach. 

Hughes rang the changes and a number of high profile names arrived at the club, including Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott and Carlos Tevez.

The campaign starts well, but a run of seven straight draws seemed to confirm Hughes’ future. In his last game ‘Sparky’ waved to the crowd after a 4-3 victory over Sunderland

Having made his name as a player at Italian club Sampdoria, Mancini’s reputation as a manager grew during spells at Fiorentina and Lazio before he moved to Inter Milan. During his time with Inter, the new City boss won three back-to-back titles, but couldn’t make the strides in Europe that had been expected by a demanding board. As a result, Jose Mourinho replaced him in 2008.