Manchester City manager insists champions can catch Man United
This was potentially a week where City could make ground on their Manchester rivals, although consecutive draws against QPR and Liverpool means that the Premier League champions are now nine points behind United.
February 4th, 2013
Edin Dzeko gave Manchester City the lead against Liverpool before Sergio Aguero had to rescue a point after the home side had fallen behind, although Roberto Mancini insists that the title is still up for grabs.
However, the Italian admitted that his team might have to win every single match between now and the end of the season which includes a trip to Old Trafford.
“Absolutely not,” was the Italian’s response when asked whether the championship was over.
“Two years ago Chelsea were nine points behind and when they went to play at Old Trafford two games from the end (of the season) they were only two points behind.
“Two games and the championship is reopened. I don’t think this is finished but probably now we have to win all the games but if not then 11 or 12 games.
“But in football this can happen sometimes.
“Last year we recovered eight points in six games so I don’t know why it can’t happen this year.
“We have 15 games and they (United) have to play in FA Cup and the Champions League so the season is long – three months – and we are confident.
“It is enough to recover three or four points in three games.
“For us it is important to play the derby (at Old Trafford on April 6) two or three points behind and we have time to recover these points.
“Today (Sunday) we didn’t play like we had in the last month but we are confident.”
Yaya Toure’s return from the African Cup of Nations will provide a timely boost to Manchester City, although United appear to be on a mission to reclaim their crown.