Do not adopt Manchester City as your Premiership club expecting the season to be nonstop fun.
City has a billion-plus-dollar roster and a shiny title trophy in the cabinet, yes. The ride getting there, though, was anything but smooth.
Carlos Tevez missed half the season after allegedly, maybe—or most likely refusing—to enter a Champions League game as a substitute.
Yaya Toure missed several games playing in the African Nations Cup for Ivory Coast, and watching City play without him was rather like watching the American version of "The Office" without Steve Carell. It looked similar, but ignoring what was missing was impossible.
And Mario Balotelli spent half the time scoring pivotal goals and the other half of the time committing pointless, dangerous fouls.
In advance of a season with great promise, given that all the key players from a championship team are back, spirits in the Sky Blue side of Manchester are sky high.
But there are going to be moments where all the optimism seems misplaced. Here are ten from last season.