Manchester City suffered a hammer blow this evening in the quest for Premier League glory, after drawing 2-2 with Sunderland at the Etihad. Manuel Pellegrini knew that they had to secure all three points to stay in the hunt for the title.

After their sensational Capital One Cup victory over tonight’s opponents they were being talked up for the quadruple. Now they are suffering the League Cup curse and they season seems to be withering away.

Manuel Pellegrini has achieved steady progress but knows that his players have failed to really deliver the goods in the Premier League and Champions League where it has truly mattered.

Tonight they could have easily finished the game off but their nagging complacency again took over and they failed to reach the level they are capable of. The title race is now two horses and a non-runner.

1. Manuel Pellegrini simply does not have a plan B. Mourinho and Rodgers appear to be tactically astute and capable of switching things around when their team aren’t performing. Pellegrini isn’t doing this at Man City.