Roberto Mancini once told his Manchester City title-winning squad they were "s**t" without Yaya Toure following a 1-0 defeat to Everton.
City lost to The Toffees in January 2012 thanks to a solitary goal by former Manchester United midfielder Darren Gibson. City's loss coupled with United's win at Stoke meant Mancini's side were ahead only on goal difference, and the Italian pulled no punches when telling his side where they fell short.
"We were in a difficult moment and I needed to get a reaction from you all," Mancini said during an interview with his former defender Micah Richards.
"Oh Everton… A very, very bad stadium! Always we had a problem there, we lost 1-0. I was thinking to myself: "How do I get a reaction from these players?" So I said to you: 'Without Yaya Toure, you are a **** team!'
"I walked off. All the players were going crazy at me, shouting! But after this game, we won nearly every game to the end."
City went on to win their next five games, but defeats to Swansea, Stoke, Sunderland, and Arsenal left them eight points off the top. However, Mancini's side were able to take advantage of United's loss to Wigan and draw against Everton.
They went on to beat Sir Alex Ferguson's side at the Etihad Stadium, and on the final day of the season, Sergio Aguero scored that iconic goal against QPR to seal City's first-ever Premier League title win.
"All the time… I get the goose-bumps – one of the best victories ever," Mancini added.
"Someone showed me a clip of the goals recently. I was so emotional seeing it. The goal Sergio scored was for every one of us. In the last two minutes, I'm thinking to myself: "we cannot lose this game, we just cannot lose this game." But football is like this.
"Nobody remembers that Yaya was off the pitch, injured. Nigel De Jong was on. The last 10 minutes, we had five strikers on the pitch. They had one man less, as (Joey) Barton had been sent off. We had a lot of chances to score but still we are losing 1-2."