For Manchester City fans, it's going to take something special to top 13 May 2012—Sergio Aguero's winner rippling the net to give the "noisy neighbours" their first league title in 44 years—a moment that will be inked onto the arms and indeed the memories of every City fan for quite a while, as bragging rights passed from the red half of Manchester to the blue.
However, the curse of success is expectation, and as Arsene Wenger is currently experiencing at Arsenal (and Brian McDermott has just found out at Reading), football fans (and owners) are quick to forget former glories; they live in the present, with City's contingent no different.
This season, the weight of expectation has fallen heavily on the English champions: they lie 12 points adrift in the Premier League to Manchester United, were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League at the group stage without winning a game, and were beaten at home by Aston Villa in the third round of the League Cup. What has gone wrong for Roberto Mancini?
Here are five reasons why City have failed to live up to last season.