Manuel Pellegrini's job is on the line, the future of many Manchester City stars hangs in the balance and it's all because the Citizens couldn't fix together several wins to keep their title hopes alive.
But now, following a string of recent poor results, the current Premier League champions have not only missed out on the opportunity to claim the title again, but also chances of clinching a Champions League place are slim.
So, where has it all going wrong for Pellegrini? Is it his players, himself, or have the fans been too poor?
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Pellegrini under fire from board is pressurising
Manuel Pellegrini responded to reports saying that he is walking on a very thin tightrope in terms of his future at the club.
The Chilean explained in an interview with the BBC last Friday: "It's very easy to sack the manager, but that's not the correct diagnostic."
I think the board should wait until the end of the season to make a decision on the future of the 61-year-old because the pressure can't be doing the team any favours. If Pellegrini knows that his job is intact until the end of the season, that gives him the incentive to pull off the results. If he fails to do that, he's only got himself to blame.
This is why I think Manchester City are struggling and it is because Pellegrini believes that he will be given the boot which has panicked him, and therefore the results aren't swinging in the favour of City.
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Aguero's shambolic form
Any Premier League striker would be thrilled with scoring nineteen goals in 27 games, but the consistency of Sergio Aguero has been shambolic this season in my opinion.
Why is it that the Argentine can score two, three or four goals in one game, but can't hit the net in the next three or so games?
If Aguero shows consistency, he is without a doubt the best player in the league and we know he can do that because he did it last season and then in the campaign before that.
The "Emptyhad" has let the team down
One name that me and my friends like to call the Etihad Stadium is the "Emptyhad" Stadium. It speaks for itself and the fact that City fans can't fill their own stadium is actually very embarrassing, so why the club has decided to build an extra tier has baffled me.
Now, I'm not sure that when the team plays at home, they can't work out whether they are actually playing in a football stadium or in a morgue because you could hear a mouse squeak on game day.
The fans haven't got behind their team enough this season at home and when you don't do that, the players aren't encouraged to perform.
Take Selhurst Park for example. It's probably the most atmospheric stadium in the league and people wonder why Crystal Palace's home form is so formidable.
The fans have a huge role to play at a football club, and City supporters have not done their job this season.
What next for City?
With only five games remaining until the end of the season, it may be hard for Manchester City to gather pace in terms of their confidence levels rising, but if they fail to make Champions League football, there is no doubt that Pellegrini will be sacked.
City have a fairly easy run in for their final six games, and with the desperate pressure that they are under now, I would expect them to get points from all of those games.
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