Having snubbed Chelsea for Manchester City, the Chelsea players were eager to show Robinho what he was missing out on.
The Brazilian looked set to join Chelsea after failing to agree a new contract with Real Madrid.
Even Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said that the club were ‘confident’ that the transaction would go through.
But on the same day Manchester City were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group, Robinho joined them for £32.5m.
And it just so happened that Robinho would make his debut against the club he almost joined.
Chelsea arrived at the City of Manchester Stadium sitting top of the table under new manger Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The Blues were undefeated so far, but made the worst start imaginable against Mark Hughes’ side.
After just 13 minutes, Robinho opened his account for the Citizens, scoring a free-kick from 25 yards out.
But the lead only lasted three minutes, as Ricardo Carvalho’s blasted shot from a corner levelled the scores.
Frank Lampard’s cool finished put Chelsea ahead after 53 minutes and Nicolas Anelka slid in a third.
A perfect afternoon was ruined for Chelsea as John Terry received the first straight red card of his career, bringing down Jo and guilty of a cynical foul on the Brazilian.
The score remained 3-1 and Chelsea remained at the top of the table.