Manchester City have gone through a number of highs and lows in 2013 but which song would explain the last 12 months.
I’ve Got The Power - Snap
Back in January Manchester City were just a handful of points off the Premier League leaders and their bitter rivals Manchester United as the Blues hoped to retain the title under Roberto Mancini. They sold bad boy Mario Balotelli in January and kept pace with the Red Devils – it was a two-horse race in January and the belief that City had the power to shift United from the top spot remained.
Push It – Salt N Pepa
They pushed hard under Mancini to close the gap on the Red Devils and keep the pressure on but the eventual champions just would not budge and even winning the Manchester derby couldn’t stop the inevitable.
Falling – Alicia Keys
Eventually, Manchester City fell too far behind and the title was out of sight by the end of February. The gap just kept growing and growing and it was clear by April that the players had lost their belief that they could catch United.
I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James
Somewhere deep down they knew it was over and Manchester City couldn’t even muster the conviction to see off Wigan in the League Cup final. That spelt the end of Roberto Mancini’s reign and in name Manuel Pellegrini to replace him along with new signings Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Ferdandinho and Martin Demichelis. It was hard to watch archrivals United win the championship and hard to watch Mancini go but, alas, under Pellegrini they look like world-beaters.
Ready Or Not – The Fugees
The original song by the Delfonics is perhaps a sweeter song but Manchester City are by no means sweet this term. They’re hunting in packs and gunning down the opposition and, ready or not, here they come and there is nowhere to hide in this title race. City are favourites and they mean business this time.
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