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from Reuters Soccer Blog:
A sense of deja-vu is sweeping Eastlands after Manchester City's lame surrender against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday re-opened the cracks in the club's glittering facade.
Manager Roberto Mancini has unrivalled spending power in English football but, just like Mark Hughes who he replaced nearly a year ago, is realising that there is one vital ingredient money cannot buy -- team harmony.
City are still in the top four and handily-placed to mount a campaign to qualify for next season's Champions League after last season's near miss, but their title credentials have taken a battering in recent weeks and they are already eight points behind leaders Chelsea.
First there was a highly-flattering 3-2 victory after being out-played at Blackpool, then a 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal after being reduced to 10 men early on.