For me it was more the past few months which have really been disappointing. Dropping points from the start of the year signaled the title was relinquished with no further challenge. We held onto the FA Cup for redemption but a piss poor performance killed off any remaining silverware and the axe duly fell on a helpless Mancini, therein finishing the season disillusioned.
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So City were def up against it. The hacks can spin all they want about City's shit challenge to their title defence, but looking at it now it does seem that without the extra push of decent transfers (by that I mean people other than Scott Sinclair and Javi Garcia) City were again going to have to try and go toe to toe with Utd and nudge their nose in front of the line, but they just couldn't do it again.
Although as I say finishing 2nd is a decent shout and I will take an away victory over the rags at the swamp as the standout league moment for this past season. I will not take any standout moment from the Champions League campaign......and will try to erase the FA Cup from my memory forever!
Going forward, its all change. Not just for City with a new manager/backroom staff to employ and player movements etc going on, but for Utd with Moyes; Chelsea with possibly Mourinho; and Arsenal with all their mooted money that they are saying Wenger can spend. Not to mention Liverpool's steady revival and Spurs' consistent top 4 threat. It will probably mean an even more challenging season for 2013/14. Does this compound this seasons general failures even more thinking of what lies ahead for next season?
Certainly expectations will be duly checked, City will hopefully get a breather by the press with all eyes on how Gollum does with the rags and Mourinho will also bring a distracting special one circus to proceedings. I would like to think that the focus shifting to other main challengers and a renewed impetus under the new man (Pellegrini it looks like) will let City go about their business in an under-the-radar confident manner.
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