The Day We Caught the Train: City stars made to wait on the platform as they head down to London for Fulham match
16:25 GMT, 28 September 2012
The life of a professional footballer – especially one at wealthy Manchester City – is usually a succession of trips in private helicopters, personal jets and luxury sports cars.
But sometimes they just have to slum it with the rest of us.
City's squad took the train down to London for their Barclays Premier League match with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, which meant a wait on the chilly platform at Stockport station.
And some of these pampered superstars didn't look too happy to be there – huddling against the cold in woolly hats and playing on their phones.
Going Loco: The City players wait to board their train to London at Stockport station, with something on Carlos Tevez's phone offering a welcome distraction
Long haul: Led by Pablo Zabaleta, the players make their way to the train with their luggage
Time to kill: David Silva is deep in conversation as City prepare to head down to London for their match with Fulham
But David Silva seemed to enjoy the
alternative mode of transport, laughing and joking to pass the time,
while something on Carlos Tevez's phone screen seemed to amuse his
City head to the capital hoping for a
comfortable win to kick-start their season, which sees them unbeaten in
the league but nowhere near their form from last season.
Train spotting: City's players wait for the service to London, where they will hope to improve their indifferent form by beating Fulham
Seasoned travellers: Joe Hart looks prepared for the journey as he strides along the platform (left), but Yaya Toure doesn't look so pleased to be there
They let their concentration slip to
hand victory to Real Madrid in the Champions League last week, having
twice led in the game, were pegged back by Arsenal at the weekend and
then were dumped out of the League Cup by Aston Villa.
But despite their indifferent start, manager Roberto Mancini is convinced his side can retain their title.
He said: 'We need to stay calm and work hard. We will win the title (but) I agree it is more difficult the second year.'
Bit nippy! Sergio Aguero zips up against the Stockport cold, while James Milner is kept entertained by Tevez
No way! Tevez can't believe what's on his screen, while Scott Sinclair is similarly engaged