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Manchester City: 5 Players Key to Title Run-in

After a lukewarm road win against Aston Villa 1-0 today, but a win on the road nonetheless, Manchester City regained top spot of the table from Manchester United. The latter had less than 24 hours to relish the accommodations of such positioning, before the Blues' victory at Villa Park, with the difference in the balance between the two sides, a Joleon Lescott 63rd minute strike.

This past weekend's two team rendition of musical chairs between the Manchester's seems to represent a preview of party games to come between the clubs, for the remainder of the campaign. In such contestable championship pursuits, especially considering the pressure to reside topside falls to the collective shoulders of City. It will be imperative for certain players to assume and embrace catalytic roles for the remainder.

In the pages that follow, a look at five such players who must endeavor to maintain and exceed expectation, if City are to remain in title contention, and ultimately and collectively hoist hardware come season's end.

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