Season Review: Manchester City had to be happy with only a nominal Community Shield

With the football season coming to an end, Goal looks back at how the big European clubs fared this term. In this edition we look at Manchester City's campaign..
By Kaustav Bera

Season Statistics

                 Premier League: 2nd
Champions League: Bottom of Group
FA Cup: Losing Finalists (0-1 Wigan)
Capital One Cup: Lost to Aston Villa, Round of 32.
Community Shield: Winners (Chelsea 3-2)
Lost: 11
Drawn: 12
Win %: 55.76
GA: 53
GF ratio:1.79
GA ratio: 1.02

Premier League

After the last minute capture of the title from the hands of Manchester United, the Sky Blues were on Cloud Nine, especially with the manner of the victory. However this season instead of putting up a spirited defense of the title and building on their win last season, they ended up meekly surrendering to their next door neighbours. What was worse was that they ended up the season a massive 11 points behind the Red Devils.

Roberto Mancini who was lauded for delivering a Premier League title was sacked due to inconsistent performances and what the club labelled as failing to reach any of the goals save achieving Champions League qualification. Losing key personnel to injuries was a prime reason for the debacle this season along with losses against minnows which seemed to have cost them at the end of the season.


Champions League

Manchester City can consider themselves desperately unlucky after being drawn with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League group stages, which saw the cluster being represented by league winners from four countries. Even then, the champions of England were expected to come out unscathed no matter who the opponents were especially with the investment made.

Not only did they fail to win a single match, losing and drawing three each of their six matches, their insipid performances left a lot to be desired. So twice in a row, Manchester City who wanted to win the Champions League failed to even progress out of the group.


FA Cup

The FA Cup seemed to be Mancini's get out of jail card after a disastrous runs in the Champions League and Premier League. They put up some emphatic performances throughout the campaign including a 4-0 demolition of Leeds United and a 5-0 thrashing of Barnsley, followed by a convincing 2-1 win over Chelsea in the semi-finals. It seemed that they had the FA Cup in their bag. A final encounter with giant killers, Wigan seemed to almost confirm a trophy in their otherwise poor season.

However, continuing their fairy tale run, it was Wigan who won the epic battle with an injury time goal at Wembley after Pablo Zabaleta had also got himself sent off. This was an unexpected anti-climactic end and something which accurately documented the Citizens' 2012-13 season.


Capital One Cup

Manchester City's Capital One Cup campaign ended before it even started. In their very first match they faced Premier League minnows, Aston Villa. What could have been an easy win turned out to be their swansong in their competition. A shoddy performance coupled with a porous defense saw them ending normal time tied 2-2.

Instead of turning on the heat and crushing the tired Villains, the game turned on its head as it was the opposition that bagged two goals in extra time to knock them out of the competition.



Community Shield

The start of the season could not have been better for the Citizens as they managed to come out better against FA Cup winners, Chelsea bolstered by a recent Champions League win and the signing of poster boy, Eden Hazard in the traditional season opener.


A ten minute blitz saw them win the first 'trophy' of the season, inspite of a late Chelsea fightback where new signing Hazard failed to impress. It was another matter that this would remain the only silverware to adorn the City cabinet this season.


Top Performers

Pablo Zabaleta Edin Dzeko Matija Nastasic
If the Manchester City backline had the league's best defensive record of conceding only a paltry 34 goals, it was down to the leader at the back Pablo Zabaleta. Equally adept at defending as overlapping forward, the Argentinian dominated the right side and also occasionally put in a brilliant performance in the centre when asked. One of the primary reasons for Manchester City surrendering their title inspite of having a league best defensive record was their impotency in front as their strikers failed to click when compared to the rampaging Manchester Unted. However Edin Dzeko will not share any of the blame as he had delivered day in and out, coming off the bench. It was a mystery how he failed to secure a starting berth even after that. One of the revelations this season has been young Serbian Centre-back, Matija Nastasic who has been touted as the next Nemanja Vidic at this tender age, and rightly so as he has adjusted to the Premier League with ease. It was Nastasic who added the required solidity as he had to shuffle partners due to the injuries which City suffered.
Games: 42 (3 subs appearances)
Goals: 3
Goals conceded: 47
Games: 45 (22 subs appearances)
Goals: 15
Assists: 4
Games: 41
Goals Conceded: 37
Fouls Conceded: 27

Top 5 Matches
1. 3-2 home win against Southampton August 2012:

2. 2-0 home win vs Chelsea February 2013:

3. 2-0 away win vs Arsenal January 2013

4. 3-2  win vs Chelsea (Community Shield) August 2012:

5. 2-1 away win vs Manchester United April, 2013

Fan's Opinion
Arghyadeep Mitra:

"Terrible. Poor tactics, lack of squad rotation, no "fight" from the squad."

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