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City's collapse

Manchester City have endured a miserable 2015, suffering an alarming decline in which they have capitulated in the title race and slumped out of two cup competitions. PA Sport looks at some of their low points.

JAN 10

Steven Naismith's equaliser as Everton held City 1-1 at Goodison Park hardly seems catastrophic, but Chelsea reclaim the initiative and the rot sets in - this being the start of a 12-game league run that has featured just four wins.

JAN 18

Outplayed in a 2-0 home loss to Arsenal.

JAN 24

Decision to return from mid-season training camp in Abu Dhabi less than 24 hours before FA Cup fourth-round tie against Middlesbrough badly backfires with 2-0 home loss to the Championship side.

FEB 5

City omit striker Stevan Jovetic from their Champions League squad to accommodate new signing Wilfried Bony, a decision which upsets the Montenegro international.

FEB 24

Barcelona teach City a footballing lesson in the Champions League, although City escape with a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

MARCH 1

City beaten 2-1 at Liverpool, a result which highlights captain Vincent Kompany's poor form. Reports later emerge of a dressing-room row between Kompany and Fernandinho.

MARCH 14

George Boyd strikes sweet winner as relegation battlers Burnley stun City 1-0 at Turf Moor.

MARCH 18

City are dumped out of the Champions League by Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona at the Nou Camp, with only the brilliance of Joe Hart sparing them from complete humiliation in a flattering 1-0 loss.

APRIL 6

Crystal Palace pile on the misery with a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.

SUNDAY

No hiding place as arch-rivals Manchester United run riot with a 4-2 derby win at Old Trafford.

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