Roberto Mancini and his merry band of Premier League title winners have quickly realised the journey to the summit of English football is longer and more arduous than they might have first assumed.
The incredible culmination to the 2012 season is now old news, and the memory of Sergio Aguero’s last minute winner has been replaced by tales of Joe Hart publicly slamming his manager’s tactical choices, peculiar summer signings, and more and more Mario madness. Gloriously badly organised Mario.
But despite all of this, City are still right in the hunt for their second Premier League title in as many seasons, and they could be lifting the trophy again at the Etihad on the last day of the season when they face Norwich.
However, the Citizens still need to sort out a few issues to show Sir Alex Ferguson just how noisy they can be.
Here are five storylines that need to have happy endings for City to have a successful 2013.