“It is not nerves – there is nobody in the team who has not been in this situation before in another league. So, it wasn’t nerves.”

Joe Hart
League titles: 0

Micah Richards
League titles: 0

Vincent Kompany
League titles: 2 (Belgium)

Pablo Zabaleta
League titles: 0

Joleon Lescott
League titles: 0

James Milner
League titles: 0

Edin Džeko
League titles: 1 (Germany)

Adam Johnson
League titles: 0

Aleksandar Kolarov
League titles: 0

Stefan Savić
League titles: 0

Sergio Agüero
League titles: 0

Gareth Barry
League titles: 0

Samir Nasri
League titles: 0

David Silva
League titles: 0

Gaël Clichy
League titles: 1 (England)

Kolo Touré
League titles: 3 (2 in the Ivory Coast, 1 in England)

Carlos Tévez
League titles: 4 (1 in Argentina, 1 in Brazil, 2 in England)

Nigel de Jong
League titles: 1 (Holland)

Yaya Touré
League titles: 4 (1 in the Ivory Coast, 1 in Greece, 2 in Spain)

Mario Balotelli
League titles: 3 (1 by default, all in Italy)

So, in actual fact, just eight City players have experience of winning a league title, and only three of them in England.

When looking at having experience of title run ins, some of the players have played for teams towards the top of the league, but if they finish 2nd this season, it will be their best ever season as a player. For example, Nasri has finished 3rd with Arsenal before, Silva finished 4th with Valencia once, Aguero finished 4th with Atletico Madrid. Looking at some of the English players, Lescott finished 5th with Everton a couple of times and Milner finished 6th with Villa. Essentially, they’re hardly inundated with players who have experience of winning titles, or even competing for them. So it’s rather odd that Vincent Kompany would claim that all City players had been in this situation before…