City were on a run of just two wins in six games before they hosted Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium.
A defeat at home to CSKA Moscow had all but ended their chances of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Champions League, and many thought that Munich - already qualified with four wins from four - would finish the job. Manuel Pellegrini’s job was reportedly on the line, as well as much of the playing squad, and so when the German’s went 2-1 up inside the first-half many thought it was the end of City’s European hopes for another season - even with Munich down to 10-men.
However, Sergio Aguero showed his class, and once again pulled his teammates out of their slumber with two goals inside the last 10 minutes. Despite both strikes being gifted by some notoriously lax defending from Pep Guardiola’s men, the Argentine forward converted all three of his chances to put City’s qualification back in their own hands - and kick-start their season in earnest.
They followed up their showing in the Champions League with a 3-0 victory over Southampton, overtaking the South Coast club into second place and moving just six points off undefeated league leaders Chelsea. The performance was more dominating than any seen this season, and it appears as if any fears shrouding the club have been allayed with the victory over Munich.
This feeling is voiced by one of City’s own stars, with Samir Nasri calling the miraculous comeback the ‘most important’ result registered by the Manchester club this season.
“It’s been a great week for us,” the Frenchman told the Guardian.
“We feel much better. We had a lack of confidence earlier in the season because we were not playing as well as we were last season.
“Bayern Munich was the most important result. It gave us a lift to know we can compete with anyone, get a result against anyone – and that’s what we did at Southampton.”
City will be looking to continue their strong run with a victory over Sunderland on Wednesday evening, with a win able to close the gap on Chelsea to just three points.