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Fans will struggle to recognise these Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur teams from 2008

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have become two of the most attractive and technically gifted sides to watch in the Premier League.

The two sides meet again this Saturday night in an early season treat – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm.

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But it’s fair to say it was not always the glamour fixture of the division.

Nedum Onuoha secured a 2-1 win for Manchester City against Spurs back in 2008
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Before the VAR drama and the battles for the final Champions League spot, Spurs and Man City were desperately trying to escape the shackles of mid-table mediocrity and break into the upper echelons of the table.

It was as much about proving themselves as it was escaping the shadows of their bitter rivals, Arsenal and Manchester United respectively.

Before City were taken over in 2008, the two sides met at Eastlands (as it was formerly known) as the season reached its climax in March.

But unlike the present day, neither side were chasing for the title.

In fact, Juande Ramos took his Spurs side to Manchester to face a side who had not won a game at home in four months.

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Robbie Keane opened the scoring for the visitors
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Stephen Ireland celebrates scoring the equaliser for Sven Goran Eriksson’s side
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The game ended 2-1 to City, with Stephen Ireland and Nedum Onouha scoring for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side to cancel out Robbie Keane’s opener.

It’s fair to say the two sides have changed drastically since those days, but fans will still want to see just how different the starting XI’s from that day were compared to now.

Both Tottenham and Man City have made huge strides since this fixture
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Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.

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We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.

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