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You know your side is deep when your leading goal scorer does not start, or even play all that much.
A purely uninformed observer, untainted by jealous taunts about oil money and the like, would look at Manchester City's 2012-13 campaign and see mostly success.
Yes, for the second straight season, the team qualified for and then failed to advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League. But they don't just let anyone into that tournament.
And plenty of other good teams (Manchester United and Chelsea among them) saw their Champions League dreams die ugly deaths.
Second place in the Premier League and a really good shot at a second FA Cup in three seasons is no disgrace.
Except, this team has so much expensive and famous talent that anything short of a runaway league victory and a deep Champions League run was going to be a disappointment coming off last year's Premier League title.
So it did not go the way Roberto Mancini or anyone else planned. The side is still ridiculously loaded.
Edin Dzeko leads the team in goals, and he barely plays at all. Sergio Aguero has returned to form. Yaya Toure and David Silva are in their respective career primes. Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic lead the Premier League's best defense. Joe Hart is among the best keepers in all of football.
On any given day, Manchester City can beat any team in the world. Unfortunately, few of those days have occurred in the Champions League.