They have won three consecutive Premier League titles and five of the last six, but Manchester City are currently far from their best – and it’s opened the door for their rivals to pounce.
Unlike their Mancunian rivals United, things aren’t approaching crisis levels. It’s draws, not losses, piling up; three in a row now.
In many ways it seems a freak aberration. You think that surely normal business will resume and City will get back to grinding rival teams down to dust.
After all, City have a particular habit of finding form in the English Spring and storming to the title by racking up ten-straight wins (or more).
But a creaky defence, a midfield unbalanced by costly absences, and a growing tendency to concede late goals has made the usually impenetrable City seem suddenly vulnerable.
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