Cup final joy
The depth Manchester City now have in their squad allows them to challenge for multiple honours, and they have shown themselves to be more than just a Premier League powerhouse.
Consistent success has been enjoyed in cup competitions, and that run continued in 2013/14 as they lifted the first major silverware of the season.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men fell behind inside 10 minutes in the Capital One Cup final, as Fabio Borini got Sunderland off to the perfect start at Wembley, but they were not to be denied.
Two goals in the space of as many minutes early in the second half from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri turned the tie on its head, before Jesus Navas added gloss to the final scoreline in the closing stages.
City enjoyed a third straight Premier League victory over arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on March 25, with a convincing 3-0 success helping to fire them towards the title.
Edin Dzeko set the tone inside the opening 60 seconds, before adding a second shortly after half-time, and Yaya Toure put the finishing touches to a faultless performance in the final minute.
The Premier League title race went down to the final day once again, with Liverpool clinging to the belief that the door could be opened for them to snatch the crown.
Manchester City were never going to let the Reds get a look in, though, and put in a thoroughly professional display in a 2-0 victory over West Ham United – with Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany on target – to get the party started at the Etihad Stadium.
Local bragging rights
Manchester City made it four derby wins in a row with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United in early November.
Chris Smalling’s dismissal came back to haunt the Red Devils, with Sergio Aguero’s 10th goal of the season seeing the hosts end a difficult week which had brought league and cup defeats in style.
A third group stage elimination in the space of four years was staring Manchester City in the face as they took the field against Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero was in one of those moods, though, and his remarkable hat-trick – including two goals in the last five minutes – helped to keep the Champions League fires burning.
Manchester City completed a memorable continental turnaround in the Italian capital against Roma, with a must-win game bringing the best out of the English champions.
Second-half goals from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta dashed the dreams of the hosts in Stadio Olimpico and helped to book a last-16 date with European heavyweights Barcelona.
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