While it appears Manchester City have lost out on this year's title, they have a real chance of winning it back from Manchester United next season.
While this season has not been as successful, there are many reasons why the 2013/14 title could be Manchester City's once again.
1. They are big spenders
After their takeover by mega-rich Sheikh Mansour, City have really splashed the cash. They have made big-money signings such as Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and David Silva. While the summer 2012 and winter 2013 transfer windows were relatively quiet, the biggest name brought in was Javi Garcia, who has had limited game time.
Roberto Mancini has been vocal in the fact that they didn't make enough signings, particularly in January, so it is likely there will be some changes in the summer. They have been linked with a number of stars including Edinson Cavani, Christian Benteke and Alexis Sanchez.
2. They have beaten big teams this year
Manchester City have really performed in big games this season. Their recent win at Old Trafford was just a number of impressive wins that also include victories against Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
It is their frequent inconsistency that has let them down with losses against lesser teams such as Southampton and Sunderland. If they can recreate their big performances against the top teams across all of the fixtures they have a strong chance of being champions again.
3. They have depth in every position
Manchester City's squad has to be possibly the strongest in the division. They have a wealth of attacking talent with a front three of Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, plus youth talent John Guidetti waiting in the wings.
Their midfield is just as strong, with powerhouse Yaya Toure and the English quartet of Gareth Barry, Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and James Milner, plus some European flair with Samir Nasri and David Silva.
Their defence continues the trend with senior players such as Maicon, Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany supported by younger talent such as Matija Nastasić. With summer signings likely, their squad is easily able to challenge for trophies.
4. A new manager may be on the horizon
While Roberto Mancini has served Manchester City well, helping them to the first Premier League title in their history as well as the FA Cup, their poor performance in Europe two seasons running and their failure to retain the title could spell the end of Mancini's reign.
A number of top quality managers have been suggested for the job including David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho. If City can secure one of these top quality managers with experience and great management skills they have a fantastic chance of winning the league.
5. City have belief and title winning experience
After City's impressive win away at Old Trafford on Monday, Mancini has said: "We know that we can win the title next year". This confidence and belief should spread to the players and the fans where confidence and mentality plays a crucial role in football.
They have title-winning experience after securing the title just last year and they know what it takes to be able to win the Premier League crown. They have to find the winning formula from last year's impressive league campaign and they will surely be challenging for the title.
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