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For all the talk of City being a club in turmoil and having problems this year, credit must be given where credit is due, and the defending champions do deserve that.
They have not been beaten in the Premier League this season and sit just two points off league leaders Manchester United with so much of the season to play.
City might have bombed out in the Champions League, but they did so to a group of champion teams (literally and figuratively), and we should not take that away from them.
Having said that, there is little doubt that City are still an agitated club.
Results are not falling their way this year, refereeing decisions are not coming either, and for large portions of this match, they looked unsettled both on and off the ball.
They know the pressure they are under and cannot settle like they did down the stretch last year. Perhaps they deserve credit for sticking in there with the top teams even when the results aren't falling their way.
Roberto Mancini needs to let his team know that they won't always get the lucky calls, and he needs to lead from the front on how to deal with this professionally and respectfully. He hasn't done that so far this year, and you'd argue that it has rubbed off onto his players also.
If City can stay controlled and not get ruffled, then Premier League teams need to seriously watch out. They're getting no luck and are in third place—imagine what they could do once they do start to get those marginal calls that could go either way.
I mean, they haven't even been beaten yet. Even with their luck.
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