For a team who is full of stars, Manuel Pellegrini’s man failed to deliver in every competition from the Premier League to Champions League, and from FA Cup to Capital One Cup. After winning a double in his first season as a Premier League manager, and after becoming the 1st Chilean manager to win the Premier League, his tactics were proven a complete failure as City failed to achieve anything significant throughout the campaign.
A club which is arguably one of the richest football clubs in England and Europe, their supporters would hope to have a campaign that is improved upon from the previous season, or at least proportionate to what it was the last season, but it was anything but that. City failed to defend their Premier League and Capital one Cup title, and were knocked out again by Barcelona in the Champions League. In the FA Cup, City were knocked out once again by the League one side, this time Middlesbrough, which eventually sealed their faith as a side that ended their campaign empty handed.
Unlike other teams, who had a hard time competing with Chelsea at a top because they could not get enough points against the other top sides in the league, City did pretty decent against them. City won 4, drew 3, and lost 3 in 10 matches against other top 5 sides in the league, which is pretty decent. However, their form against the lower rank teams were not up to the mark, which cost them heavily at the end of the season.
Results such as shocking defeat against Stoke at home, surprising defeats at the hands of West Ham and relegated Burnley in the league, and against Middlesbrough in FA Cup made City pay a heavy price at the end of the campaign. Against Burnley, a side who was the 1st team to get relegated during the campaign, City managed to get just 1 point out of the possible 6.
Africa Cup of Nations, which came between January and February, proved to be the typical obstacle for a team sliding down, as their main player Yaya Toure, along with the new signing Bony, was on duty for their national side, and City felt their absence at that time. Especially the absence of Toure, who is City’s main force in the middle for quite some time now, his absence made City lose key battles in the middle of the park, which eventually led to losing important points in the end. During his absence, City lost to Arsenal at Etihad, drew Chelsea and relegated Hull and went out of the FA Cup after losing to Middlesbrough at home.