If Manchester City fail to win the Premier League title this season then they could be the best side in its history to never win the famous trophy.
A 1-0 home defeat to fellow title-rivals Chelsea ensured they miss the chance to leapfrog leaders Arsenal at the top of the table.
For the Blues, the win moved them level with City on 53 points, a position lower due to goal difference.
Manuel Pellegrini and his side must now fear losing out on the title after a first league home defeat since December 2012.
They would usurp the Liverpool side of 2008/2009 and the Manchester United side of 2011/2012 as the best sides who did not lift the trophy at the end of the season.
In both cases they amassed huge points tallies yet were bettered by a team who just deserved it that tad more.
United were able to recover from the disappointment the following season (2012/2013) by regaining the title in emphatic fashion, but for Liverpool they slid from second to seventh, 23 points behind eventual champions Chelsea in the 2009/2010 campaign.
And City will now be mindful of beating both to the unwanted award despite boasting a plethora of world superstars.
The attacking and entertaining football displayed at the Etihad Stadium this campaign will count for nothing if they do not have the Premier League trophy in their possession come May.
It would be a bitter blow for their plans to build a dynasty both domestically and on the European front.
Furthermore, it would also be viewed as a chance to shine whilst neighbours United remain stranded in the dark, missed.
The newest setback for Pellegrini’s team could either make them or break them.
A lot will be learnt from the way the City juggernaut respond.
If they are not crowned champions in May, they would win a far worse award.
And no trophy goes with that.
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