There’s a well-known phrase in the footballing industry which is used to describe the downturn in fortunes of a club, and that phrase is “second season syndrome”.

It is a term that is easily applicable to Premier League Champions Manchester City at present. Nearly nine months have passed now since Sergio Aguero broke Manchester United’s hearts with a dramatic last-gasp winner against QPR with the last kick of the 2011/12 season to win the title for Roberto Mancini’s men, but oh how different things are today.

Following defeat to Southampton on Saturday coupled with United’s 2-0 dismissal of Everton yesterday, there is now a yawning chasm of a gap between the two sides of 12 points – or in other words four games, with only 12 of them left to play.

After winning their first title since 1968 last summer, City’s fortunes have since taken a nosedive. They were dropped from Europe quicker than a Joe Hart save and weren’t even afforded the crumb of comfort that is Europa League contention, as for the title race, that is practically over – or so say 79% of people who completed our poll.

But where did it all go wrong for Roberto Mancini?

Here, we take a look at five reasons why their season has suffered a reversal in fortunes.

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This article was first posted on February 11, 2013