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His best season in blue, possibly in his career. With 31 starts in the City engine room, the England man was a vital cog in the title-winning machine as he completed 1,890 passes from 2,188 attempted. If you don't rate Gareth Barry, you simply don't understand football. 9
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Struggled with injury early in the season but returned to the imperious form of 2010-11 as the season progressed. The best pure defensive midfielder in the league? 7
The loss of Yaya Toure during the Africa Cup of Nations should not be underestimated as the Blues crashed out of both domestic cup competitions in his absence and began their league blip.
The Ivorian powerhouse had 31 starts, six goals and six assists. Came into his own during the title run-in, scoring highly important goals away at Newcastle United. Completed 2,189 passes from 2,419, an average of 75.6 per game. 10
Every title-winning side needs hard workers who give their all whenever and wherever they are called upon. The versatile England international gave his most impressive City performance at Old Trafford. 7
Five goals, nine assists and 1,446 passes completed from 1,587—a success rate of 91.1 percent. His decision to leave Arsenal in search of trophies was vindicated in his first season in Manchester. 8
Finished the season with 15 assists, the most in the Premier League. Completed 1,759 passes from 2,020 attempted.
Struggled with an ankle injury during the middle of the season, but was unplayable before Christmas and regained form as the Blues narrowed the gap on Manchester United. Euro 2012 awaits for the European, World Cup and Premier League champion playmaker. 10
Restricted to just 10 starts but made a further 11 appearances from the bench. Contributed six goals, although he struggled to impose himself on games at times. 6