Roberto Mancini

Manchester City show a new-found stomach for the battle after

The last time Manchester City reached the top spot of the Premier League, they looked imperious, bulldozing Aston Villa 5-0 early in November 2012. But they then proved to be considerably less than that – losing their place at the  summit within a week and  little knowing that 2013 would virtually be over before they were kings of the castle again, 419 long days later.

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