Manchester City began 2014 the way they lived much of 2013.
The Citizens have more sheer talent than any side in the Premier League. For what Manchester City's management have spent to assemble the team, it would be a shock if that was not the case.
But the names in the Manchester City XI are just that—names. Once the referee blows his whistle and the ball is kicked off, neither the ball nor City's opposition much care who Manchester City's players are or how much they cost. Certainly the weather is totally ignorant.
Manchester City lost the Premier League in 2012-2013 for many reasons, one of them being that they did not much carry themselves like champions and played down to their opposition too often.
So there were the Sky Blues in their traveling black strip in South Wales on New Year's Day, taking on Swansea City on their home ground in a cold downpour; another Premier League side who took the match to Manchester City repeatedly and played with nothing like respect or fear.
Here are six lessons we learned from Swansea City 2-3 Manchester City.