Their first attempt at trying to retain the Premier League crown saw Roberto Mancini’s reign stutter and draw towards its end and this time around it seems successor Manuel Pellegrini is not doing that much better.
City are dropping points left, right and centre both at home and away, domestically and in Europe, so where is it all going wrong for the team who were so lethal last season?
It is not like Pellegrini did not spend in the summer – he did. He also tied down his key men to new, long term deals, so what exactly is the issue? Yes, Chelsea have been good, but even if they had not, City have been poor by their standards.
Luckily for them, rivals Manchester United did them a favour and took a point from Chelsea at the death, meaning the gap is six and not a very daunting eight points between the two favourites – and we think City could still have a chance if they get their acts together.
With that in mind, we have come up with five key things that Manuel Pellegrini and his men need to ensure happen to turn their season around.
Click on Yaya Toure to unveil the five things we think City simply HAVE to do in order to keep their title.
Manchester City fans. Can you actually manage to retain the title? Is it even possible after your awful start? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.