City looked to be struggling at times in February after an incredible run of form prior to it, so what about the rest of the season?
It has been quite the month for Manchester City and their credentials as a side that would like to complete the improbable quadruple this season.
They have faced tough Premier League clashes, they managed to secure the League Cup at Wembley against Sunderland with a 3-1 win, overcame Chelsea in the FA Cup to reach the quarter-finals and faced Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at the Etihad Stadium.
Some will say they have been sloppy in the past month as they haven’t been putting their usual swashbuckling stamp on the game and scoring goals for fun – though it must be said that Sergio Aguero was absent until City lifted their first trophy of the season.
Their month started with a loss to Chelsea, which was a missed opportunity to take command of the title race before they went a second consecutive game without scoring with a 0-0 draw against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Then followed just the one goal scored against Stoke City, and a more negative approach than usual taken against Barcelona in the first leg – which saw City reduced to ten men, a 2-0 loss and an incredible outburst from manager Manuel Pellegrini regarding the referee that evening.
There has been a great degree of character shown in the past month from City. After going on such a long run, scoring plenty of goals and you are stopped in your tracks by one of your title rivals, losing your 100% domestic record at home in the process, some would feel they could have struggled to recover.
Instead they have dug out a result against Stoke City, and showed how much of a top class side they are when coming from behind to beat Sunderland.
Some may say they have gone off the boil in February, perhaps they peaked too early? But if people are regarding it as a stuttering month for Manchester City when they are still in a strong position, then it may be from rival fans saying it out of hope rather than expectation.
But while the pressure has been on, the question is has the League Cup win provided them with a springboard for the rest of the season?
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