Faced with an eight-hour jaunt back from their weekend training camp in Abu Dhabi, the Manchester City squad were left to their own devices to while away the time as best they could.
While most players opted for the vanilla pursuits of watching movies or simply catching up on a bit of lost sleep, Gael Clichy chose to unpack his DJ decks and stage an in-flight mixing session.
Willy Caballero's penalty save in the extraordinary 5-3 Champions League victory over Monaco marked the culmination of an incredible resurrection for the Manchester City goalkeeper.
A year earlier, some City fans signed an online petition to try to persuade then-boss Manuel Pellegrini to leave the cup keeper out of the Capital One Cup final and select first-choice Joe Hart instead. Caballero played, collected a winners' medal and is now the City No. 1.
In a whirlwind 12 months, Pellegrini and Hart...
While Manchester City don't have a wonderful pedigree in the FA Cup, their fans should be looking at this season's competition with an air of optimism. Others can boast a much better record than City's two final appearances, one win and one loss, in 35 years -- even if many more could only dream of that sort of run.
An away tie with Middlesbrough awaits the winner of Wednesday's replay, following the 0-0 bore draw with Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium, and City's supporters know it could...