Manchester City have had a disastrous December so far. They crashed out of Europe, they lost the Manchester derby and after Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland, they currently reside seven points behind leader Manchester United.
They’re also now only four points ahead of a resurgent Chelsea, having played a game more, and their season is threatening to unravel completely. Roberto Mancini isn’t panicking though and after the loss to Sunderland, he told the press that there are enough games in the league for City to recover and overtake United.
The manager has identified City’s tendency to overplay the ball in the final third as the team’s biggest weakness and has often bemoaned the number of chances his forwards have wasted. This is all true but City’s performances in December have shone a light on some of their other weaknesses; weaknesses that could prevent them from defending the title they fought so hard to win.