5 Factors in Manchester City Blowing the Premier League Title

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5 Factors in Manchester City Blowing the Premier League Title
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Less than three months after they burst through the 100-goal barrier in record time, Manchester City’s Premier League title bid ended with a whimper.

Perennial bogey team Sunderland left the Etihad Stadium with a deserved 2-2 draw on Wednesday night, the hosts only partially spared by a horrible error from Vito Mannone that allowed Samir Nasri to equalise.

Of greater significance was Nasri’s glaring miss when presented with a chance to pilfer the points moments later. Following defeat to leaders Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday, only a win would do.

City retain a game in hand on Brendan Rodgers’ side and Chelsea, but they are six and four points adrift, respectively, of the two remaining, genuine contenders.

So where did it all go wrong for a team who, until last Sunday, and for much of the season, held the fate of the title in their own hands? 

City fans certainly seemed reluctant to share in the premature January coronations bestowed upon their team. Defensive frailties never truly went away, and key players struggled for form and fitness under a popular manager of whom questions must now be asked.

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