Manchester City: 6 Defining Moments in the Citizens' Season so Far
When we look back at Manchester City's 2012/13 season there will be some notable defining moments early on.
The Citizens have not been as dominant domestically as they were last season and have been even worse in Europe.
City suffered it's first loss in Premier League last weekend and is already out of two of its four competitions for the season.
Here are six defining moments in Manchester City's season so far.
Lack of Good Signings in the Transfer Window
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Depending on what team you are, having Javi Garcia as one of your best signings is usually a good thing. When you have the resources of Manchester City though it counts as a poor transfer window.
None of the players that Roberto Mancini brought into the squad provided anything other than depth.
Garcia isn't necessarily better than Nigel de Jong, who was allowed to leave. Maicon is well past his prime.
Jack Rodwell did not progress considerably at Everton and was unlikely to do so with less playing time. Scott Sinclair is a speedier version of Adam Johnson. Matija Nastastic has plenty of potential and has been pretty solid despite his young age.
City entered the season with the same group that won the Premier League and with no substantial additions.
Draw at Liverpool
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Liverpool's lack of firepower was well-documented when City went to visit in the second game of the season.
The Reds had been destroyed by West Bromwich Albion the weekend before and it looked like it would be some time before they could interpret and do well under Brendan Rodgers.
City was expected to come away with three points even with Liverpool playing at Anfield.
Instead, they were lucky to come away with one point as two individual errors cost the Reds the win.(via ESPN Soccernet)
Liverpool was the better side for much of the game as City struggled to play effectively in the 3-5-2 setup implemented by Roberto Mancini.
While Manchester City's fightback showed some spirit there were also also some warning signs from this game.
Loss to Real Madrid
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In the end, it showed that City was not yet ready to challenge Europe's elite, for whatever reason. That much would be proven even more emphatically when the Champions League group stages ended.
The English side was under pressure for the majority of the game and would have been humiliated were it not for the heroics of Joe Hart.
What makes the loss even more interesting is that City went ahead twice. A side boasting that kind of quality should have been able to hold onto a lead for the last five minutes.
Roberto Mancini's tactical decision-making was again under question.
His move to a 3-man defense provided Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo with more space on the left and that's where the two most important goals, the equalizer and the winner, came from.
Capital One Cup Loss to Aston Villa
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Villa was in considerably poor form heading into the game having two wins, a draw and three losses. One of those wins came in the club's previous cup-tie against Swindon Town.
It's hard to argue that City wasn't taking the competition considering the quality put out on the field.
City was outworked by a well-drilled Villa side and, as statistics show, had less possession and were less successful passing the ball.(via WhoScored.com)
Considering their current lack of involvement in Europe, City may rue the fact that they have one less trophy to play for.
Loss to Borussia Dortmund
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Manchester City still had a very good chance of playing in Europe during the second half of the season.
Had City won they would be in the Europa League and not the Dutch side.
Instead, the Citizens produced a tepid display and lost 1-0 to a team that had already qualified regardless of the outcome.
Four of the club's new signings were used and, aside from Matija Nastasic, they did have any significant contributions.
While being out of Europe may help the side in defending the Premier League title it's a huge blow to a club looking to make its mark in the game.
Loss to Manchester United
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The loss also allowed Chelsea to move within four points of City and may likely re-ignite a three-team battle at the top.
City again showed spirit to come from two goals down despite being the more dominant side in terms of possession.
A late goal undid all the work that City had put in through the 90 minutes but again questions have to be raised.
The team as a whole has not stood up for the big games so far and that highlights problems in the squad.
It could be a mixture tactics, lack of form and the lack of passion that drove the team last year. City needs to go back to the drawing board or they could find themselves without silverware when the season ends.