But it is City’s two most direct and effective stars that will have won them the Premier League title if they can hold their nerve against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
City’s captain Vincent Kompany and imposing midfielder Yaya Touré have simply towered over their team-mates this season.
These two heavyweights have been the key men responsible for the club standing on the brink of their first Premier League title, set to join the illustrious company of rivals Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and freshly-relegated Blackburn Rovers as the only teams to have won the trophy.
How both of them were overlooked for the PFA Player of the Year nominations is puzzling – Agüero was on the short-list but the leader and fulcrum of the team were ignored.
Perhaps that can be explained by the tendency of these awards to favour finishers?
Kompany is the sort of centre-half no striker wants to face – a man built like a tank, not shy of throwing his physique around. It’s no surprise City’s sticky spell in March coincided with an injury to the big Belgian.
His header in the Manchester derby was vital as it gave his team the belief they could beat the defending champions.
Leading by example, his celebrations showed just how much it meant to him.
Touré is usually deployed as a box-to-box midfielder by Mancini, and it’s a role he can fulfil well but his true talents are fully utilised when the Ivorian is played further up the pitch, behind the strikers.
The win at Newcastle United highlighted how impressive Touré’s shooting ability is, and those two goals could be the most important in the history of the club.
It is not all said and done yet in the title-race, but even the most ardent United supporters won’t be looking forward to this weekend’s fixtures with too much expectation.
Whatever does happen, City will be building their team around Kompany and Touré in the future.
While United will need an overhaul in the summer, their cross-town rivals will be looking to add class to certain areas of their team, but these two can be assured of a starting spot for years to come.
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