Man City's season is a hard one to define

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When Manchester City started out their 2015/16 campaign, you would not have thought it would come down to the last game of the season to assess whether it has been a success or failure. It has truly been a season of contrasts from from the Blue half of Manchester.

The positives for City this year has to be their form in cup competitions.

They made it to the semi-finals in the elite Champions League for the first time in their history. Despite being beaten 1-0 on aggregate by La Liga giants Real Madrid, Manuel Pellegrini can consider his performance in Europe as a success.


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It is not a stretch to say they have restored the reputation of English clubs in the competition. The main disappointment coming out of their tie against Real Madrid would be that they didn't put thre Spanish side's defence under a sustained level of pressure.

New manager Pep Guardiola has plenty of experience on the continent and that knowledge will be invaluable for years to come.

The Capital One Cup is their only piece of silverware this season. In a tense final against Liverpool, they held their nerve in the penalty shootout.

Despite being relatively successful in the Champions League and winning the Capital One Cup, their 5-1 loss against Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup comes with a footnote attached as they rested a number of key players ahead of their round of 16 Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev.

Let's now look at a their Premier League season.

After starting the season in fine style, winning their first five games, they have not put a sustained run like that since.

When it looked like they were gaining momentum, they managed to drop costly points, whether that be against Aston Villa, Norwich City or most recently Newcastle United.

It hasn't helped that they have been without their leader Vincent Kompany for crucial parts of the season, but good sides battle adversity when it comes their way and City have struggled in that regard.

Key Man - Sergio Aguero

You would dread to think where City would be without the little Argentinean superstar.

He has scored 24 goals in the league, 29 in all competitions, and played through the pain barrier at various points during the season.

He is a player who leads by example no matter the score line in the game.

Aguero would be a strong candidate for captain if Kompany and the new manager think it's time for a change. However, he is in desperate need of a new striker partner in order to take some of the weight off his shoulders.

Wilfried Bony has failed to impress at the Etihad Stadium, and it's probably a bit too soon for Kelechi Iheanacho, despite his impressive goal return this season.

Underperformer - Yaya Toure

There was a number of candidates for this unwanted title but Toure just about edges it.

His season has been a direct reflection of the club's form. Plays well when he feels like it, but in other games looks totally disinterested.

His searing runs from midfield have been missing for the most part which could be a sign that his legs are starting to go. From the outside at least, it looks like he needs a fresh start at another club.

Surprise Packet - Kelechi Iheanacho

Every fan loves to see youngsters come onto the scene and succeed and the 19-year-old Nigerian striker has been a real plus point to take away from a below par league season.
He has scored seven goals in the league, 13 in all competitions, including four in the last five games.

It took a while for the youngster to win the faith of his manager, but that has been rewarded in spades. Definitely one to watch in the years ahead.

High point

It would would have to be the start of the season, where they won their first five games without conceding a goal.

They have not had one particular 'statement' win as they have failed to beat any of the top five to date.

Although a worthy mention would be the 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge which was an Aguero masterclass.

Low point

Much easier to choose from. A number of abject defeats both home and away.

Some candidates include the 3-1 loss to Leicester City, the 4-1 loss to Liverpool and a 1-0 loss in the Manchester derby.

However, the game which summed up the lackluster campaign was the 2-0 loss to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in December, where they were brushed aside in 15 minutes and lacked any sort of fight required.

The lowest point, however, could well still to come if they fail to quality in the top four.

The Pellegrini Legacy

'The Charming Man' has put on a remarkable show of dignity after being told his contract will not be renewed in February.

He's won three trophies in his three seasons at the club, with the Premier League victory in 2013/14 the clear standout.

Not the most animated of managers on the touchline, and has been criticised for the slowness in his tactical changes and picking his favourites, but then again, his record speaks for itself.

Clearing the Champions League round of 16 hurdle could be his most noteworthy achievement. Although changes are required, he has left Guardiola a number of players who are in their prime such as Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling as well as some youth coming through the ranks.

Man City is one of those clubs that have been embarrassed by the rise of Leicester this season, however, it could have given them a massive jolt and could see them revitalised come the new season.

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