Manchester City's defense of their 2011-2012 Premier League title left a lot to be desired.
After a nondescript start in the league—two unconvincing home wins, two sketchy road draws—City tried to find their stride at the game's highest level.
Entering Champions League play as champions of England, expectations for City in Europe were lofty.
From there, City managed three home draws against three road losses—i.e., the hallmark of the bad football team—en route to failing not only to qualify for the knockout stage but even for Europa League play.
Fittingly, the Sky Blues followed up their Champions League pratfall by beginning to relinquish the Premier League crown to Manchester United five days later.
After that loss, City trailed United by six points in the Premier League table.
City never seriously threatened to catch United after that.
By the time the Sky Blues had semi-intentionally given Wigan Athletic the FA Cup, now former manager Roberto Mancini's fate had been sealed and reports were that City were already in negotiations with Manuel Pellegrini to manage the team.
So this is the side that will win the Premier League this season?
You know something? I really think they will.