I decided to compare last season with this season and whilst there have been some indifferent results, I feel that we have made progress.

After five games in the 2009/10 season we were in 4th place and then dropped down the table and stayed out of the Champions league positions until games 32 and 33 when we held fourth place.
And the rest as they say is ‘history’ as a poor display gave Spurs the final Champions League place.

After five games in the 2010/11 season we were in 4th place and have stayed in the top 4 since so that is 25 games in the Champions League places.

After 30 games we have the same number of points at this stage of the season as last (53) but as we all know, there have been some unexpected results this season particularly from the teams coming up from the Championship.
The winners of the league this year will probably win it with the lowest points score in a decade which in 2001 was 80 points when Man Utd won the title.

So have we made progress? Bearing in mind the amount of money that has been spent on assembling this squad then perhaps not, but in regards to the league position we definitely have.
I can’t remember the last time that we were in the top 4 of the Premier League (Division 1) for a run of 25 games and there is no reason why we shouldn’t still be in the top four at the end of the season.

We should perhaps note that Roberto Mancini has not had the opportunity to play his first choice eleven on a regular basis, and I’m not sure that he knows what his best starting eleven is!

Look on the positive side, in the last ten years we have been worried about relegation and have lost the battle when ‘we were too good to go down’ or we have seen mid-table mediocrity with nothing to play for.

This year like last, we are heading towards the end of the season with Champions League Football a distinct possibility in 2011/12 and with it perhaps new faces coming into the club as the project moves up a gear.

However, ‘typical City’ do have a habit of shooting themselves in the foot so the next eight games are going to be very stressful indeed.

Keep the faith, there is a blue moon rising.