Really? City have lost one game, one. The club has beaten Manchester United and Spurs away from home, drawn with Liverpool also away from home and lost to Chelsea. All four sides, plus Arsenal, still have to visit City in Manchester. How losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge can be considered some monumental momentum swing is beyond me. Chelsea are expected to win at home.
Which is why Mario Balotelli waltzing around the keeper with less than two minutes gone in the game was such a surprise. I don't care how well City have played this year, that's really not on the script when you play Chelsea.
Interesting game though. Referee Mark Clattenburg confirmed his place as the most embarrassing waste of space in the whole of Britain missing a clear trip on David Silva in the penalty area which, had it been converted, would have given City a 2-0 and changed the complexion of the game. Similarly the County Durham official appeared to miss Yaya Toure and Juan Mata coming together a couple of times that could, and should, have resulted in at least a yellow card for Toure and City really wouldn't have a complaint if the midfielder had been sent off. But two up with Toure off the field I'd have fancied City's chances because Chelsea were pretty dire.
I looked forward to the game because I'd be hearing so much about Mata and Oriol Romeu. I have to say I was, on this viewing, singularly unimpressed. Mata ran around a lot, but there was very little quality and Romeu was fairly non existant. I'd be ticked if I was Frank Lampard being preferred by these two, Raul Meireles and Ramires in the Chelsea midfield.
But back to City and despite the early goal and overwhelming momentum in the first half the team was unable to score again. City really missed Micah Richards. Not a phrase I've written in a while, but as good as Pablo Zabaleta is, it is Richards ability to link up in attack that has been overlooked by a lot of commentators this year. Without that right flank thrust, combined with an unusually static James Milner, City lacked the situational tactical advantage that they have been creating against the left side of the opposing defense this season.
So a comeback always seemed on the cards and when Gael Clichy was dismissed for his second yellow card, a decision Clattenburg got correct, you felt there was only going to be one winner. Joleon Lescott's subsequent hand ball in the box, again no arguments on the call, gave Lampard the opportunity to smash the ball into the net.
If we're honest, this was a game City were always likely to lose. The key to beating Chelsea is usually counter attacking speed and this is the one game a year that the club really misses Craig Bellamy. I'd actually put Aguero on the wing in this fixture, as strange as that sounds, with Adam Johnson on the other to take advantage of the tendency of the Chelsea full backs to get forward too much.
On the evidence of this game, despite their win, I suspect Chelsea will struggle to make the Champions League. United and Spurs seem clearly superior and either Arsenal or Liverpool are capable of a closing surge that could knock the club into fifth place in the Premier League.
And City? It is was it has always been. United have lost just once all year. Yes it was that unbelievable day at Old Trafford, but as I commented then it still was only three points. This thing is going down to the final few weeks of the season when City play United at the end of April.