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Manchester City's Italian manager Roberto Mancini runs after a loose ball, during the match against Liverpool during their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match at The Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, England, Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012. Liverpool's manager Kenny Dalglish at left.

LONDON — Manchester City's first back-to-back home losses since the petrodollars began to pour in have started to erode the club's air of invincibility.

Although the setbacks both came in cup competitions, City had won only one of its last three Premier League matches before losing to Manchester United on Sunday and Liverpool on Wednesday.

Ahead of Monday's league match at Wigan, City assistant manager David Platt says "no one expected us to continue winning games without having a difficult moment."

City still leads the league — although United and Tottenham are only three points behind — and can overturn its 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the first leg of the League Cup semifinals on Jan. 25.