"They wilted at Anfield in the Champions League and collapsed at their own title party a few days later, caught in a whirlwind as Manchester United swarmed all over them, back from the dead when all hope had looked lost".
Under Roberto Mancini in 2012 they clinched it with a last-gasp Sergio Aguero victor at Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season while in 2014 under Manuel Pellegrini it also went down to the wire.
One line out of Manchester City's anthem - "Blue Moon" reads, "You saw me standing alone, without a dream in my heart..." - a refrain true until the Abu Dhabi United Group took a liking and splurged on the team in 2008.
Per week later City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose and squander the possiblity to wrap up the title in way it absolutely was relegation-bound West Brom who served it up.
While it may be premature to place City in that rarified air, they could make a case by breaking the Premier League points record of 95 set by Chelsea in 2004-05. "In my opinion the fact is for sure some of the people were too happy just with that".
United's afternoon was symptomatic of their entire season. They saved the best for last, with substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring in stoppage time to stun Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Barcelona.
"I noticed within the first month that if I'd met him at 18 or 20 [years old] then I would've been the flawless player for him", Kompany said.
Guardiola had planned a day of golf with his son Marius on Sunday, so the Spaniard might have learned of his first Premier League while on the course.
"Three damaging losses in a row" painted a concerning picture for a team that have been otherwise been colossal in their dominance all season, but in hindsight, and especially in light of this win at Wembley, it might have been a misrepresentation.
Chelsea hold the record for most away wins in a single season with 15 wins during the 2004/05 season.
"You go through all of City's team and he has improved every player. The mental level, day by day". "In other times we almost threw it away".
Guardiola is the first Spaniard to manage a team to the English top-flight title.
That would leave one record that requires the assistance of those below them.
But the Catalan produced the ideal counter by introducing Nicolas Otamendi as a second half substitute to tighten up the City defence.
"I left because it was a time in my career that I needed to move on". I want to stay humble.
It prompted Guardiola to say in a Sky Sports interview: "The moment he is able to increase the number of goals he scores. he will become one of the best players in the world because he has everything".
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