The Blues had ended the 2008-09 season tenth under manager Mark Hughes.
Roberto Mancini replaced Mark Hughes as manager midway through the season in December 2009.
The season commenced with four straight League victories over Blackburn (2-0), Wolves (1-0), Portsmouth (1-0) and Arsenal (4-2). Of these the Arsenal match brought most headlines. It had been viewed as the first true test of Mark Hughes’ new look City, although both Tevez and Robinho were injured.
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