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Can you remember when these players were team-mates with Man City’s title-winning heroes?

Kevin De Bruyne whipping in crosses for Samuel Eto'o, Kyle Walker learning from the great Gary Speed...

The Man City team of 2017/18 have earned their place in history.

But how well do you remember Pep Guardiola’s preferred starting XI’s past lives?

We’ve dug out a surprising/pleasing former team-mate for some of City’s title-winning heroes to test your memory…

Ederson and Jan Oblak

Depth

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Depth

Two of the very best keepers in the world were team-mates as teenagers.

Ederson moved to Rio Ave in the summer of 2012 and played understudy to Jan Oblak, who was on loan from Benfica at the time.

And then, when Benfica sold the Slovenia stopper to Atletico Madrid, Ederson was signed to replace him.

Funny old game.

Kyle Walker and Gary Speed

You don’t get much better than Speedo

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You don’t get much better than Speedo

When Kyle Walker was starting out his career with Sheffield United, he had the pleasure of sharing a training ground with the great Gary Speed.

Few players have more Premier League experience than the legendary Welsh midfielder.

The Blades squad of 2008/09 also featured Ugo Ehiogu and Man City cult hero Sun Jihai.

Vincent Kompany and Rafael van der Vaart

Kompany was a defensive midfielder once upon a time

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Kompany was a defensive midfielder once upon a time

City’s talismanic captain wore No10 during his Hamburg days.

That’s unforgivable enough as it is, but even more so when you consider the Bundesliga club boasted the stylish pizzazz of Rafa van der Vaart.

Juan Pablo Sorin was also knocking about that particular region of Germany at the time.

Nicolas Otamendi and Radamel Falcao

The red circles are probably unnecessary 

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The red circles are probably unnecessary 

These two combined for one season only at Porto, with impressive results.

The Portuguese club won four trophies in 2010/11, including the Europa League, and completed an invincible season after avoiding defeat in the league.

They also had James Rodriguez and Hulk in their ranks…

Fabian Delph and Tore Andre Flo

Trust Leeds to throw up a curveball

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Trust Leeds to throw up a curveball

Anyone who says they remember these two together is lying… or a Leeds fan.

Fabian Delph made two League One appearances (both as a substitute) in 2007/08.

Tore Andre Flo, better known for his years with Chelsea and Rangers in the late 1990s/early 2000s, played the role of target man for the Yorkshire club that same season.

Much like Walker and Speed, this feels like a crossover of generations.

Fernandinho and Kleberson

Couldn’t find photos from their Atletico Paranaense days so these will have to do…

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Couldn’t find photos from their Atletico Paranaense days so these will have to do…

Fernandinho’s time with Shakhtar Donetsk saw him share a dressing room with Elano, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian, Douglas Costa, and a host of other notable names.

But we rewound to his days in his native Brazil with Atletico Paranaense.

City’s tireless midfielder was team-mates with famous Old Trafford flop Kleberson the year before he moved to Man United.

Kevin De Bruyne and Samuel Eto’o

Just the two hot water bottles for Sammy

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Just the two hot water bottles for Sammy

Everyone knows that Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah were Chelsea rejects together but did you remember Samuel Eto’o was also at Stamford Bridge that season?

Just imagine KDB whipping in crosses for Eto’o and putting passes in behind for Salah.

City’s strawberry blonde playmaker was team-mates with Toni Kroos’ brother Felix at Werder Bremen, and with Nicklas Bendtner and Ivan Perisic at Wolfsburg.

David Silva and Patrick Kluivert

At least one of these players is the best in their family

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At least one of these players is the best in their family

Many football fans have a soft spot for the Valencia teams of the 2000s.

And so the image of David Silva exchanging passes with Juan Mata, David Villa and co has escaped few memories.

Although Patrick Kluivert’s fruitless return to Spain in 2005/06 may have slipped a few minds.

Justin’s old man managed just two goals in 16 games before joining PSV.

Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey

Okay, this is an easy one…

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Okay, this is an easy one…

Raheem Sterling is still just 23-years-old and so his career is yet to blur with the passing of time.

However, Jonjo Shelvey’s three seasons at Liverpool have been somewhat swept under the rug.

Will Gareth Southgate reunite this partnership on the international stage in Russia?

Leroy Sane and Christian Fuchs

They didn’t share a barber

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They didn’t share a barber

Like Sterling, Leroy Sane is barely out of nappies and so we’ve only got his Schalke days from which to pluck an obscure team-mate.

How about Christian Fuchs?

A key member of the odds-defying Leicester squad who won the title in 2015/16, the Austrian left-back had the best seat in the house to watch Sane’s talent bloom from 2014 – 2016.

Sergio Aguero and Gregory Coupet

They probably did share the same barber

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They probably did share the same barber

Man City’s all-time top scorer was club team-mates with AC Milan’s Lucas Biglia at Independiente in the mid-2000s.

But the since the two of them have played for Argentina together many times since, we opted for Lyon legend Gregory Coupet.

The French keeper played second fiddle to Leo Franco at Atletico Madrid in 2008/09, while Aguero plundered 21 goals in all competitions.

A young David De Gea was lurking in the youth teams at the time as well, a decent keeper himself, you might say…


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