By Daniel May
Zapsportz, forever keen to keep our fingers on the pulse of what the fans are thinking, has taken on a new team of young, vibrant writers who will be offering their thoughts on the issues of the day on a regular basis. They are all up-and-coming journalists with valuable opinions to impart and we will be rating their articles on a daily basis to see who comes out top of the table at the end of the month – with the prize of meeting and interviewing Zapsportz team leader and football legend Glenn Hoddle up for grabs. Here’s Daniel’s contribution…
On Wednesday night Manchester City fell to a third straight Premier League defeat, their longest losing streak in the league for eight years.
City were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by a Liverpool side they had beaten only four days previously in the Capital One Cup final.
This turbulent domestic campaign has seen City lose an unprecedented eight league games, including four at a home ground which was once considered to be a fortress – the Etihad Stadium.
Another big factor in their disappointing year is that they are yet to beat any side in this season’s top eight. This has seen the Premier League powerhouses fall ten points adrift of leaders Leicester City and has left them looking over their shoulder in a battle for fourth place.
However, all is not lost for City in this season’s title race, which has been one of the most unusual for many years. Unlike the other title contenders, City have a squad full of experienced Premier League winners who know what it takes to win the league, particularly in the run-in over the last two months of the campaign.
In the two seasons Manchester City have won the league, they have come from behind to edge out their title rivals by holding their nerve at the crunch time when others began to falter.
In those two title winning seasons, City won each of their last five matches which proved to be the deciding factor in overcoming their rivals and narrowly prevailing on both occasions.
It remains to be seen if this seemingly uninterested and inconsistent side can repeat their past successes, but based on what has happened in previous years, rule Manchester City out of this title race at your peril!