THERE are still nine games to play but Manchester City’s goalless draw at Norwich looks to have ended any hope they had of winning the Premier League title.
And it seems even some of the players have lost the belief they can overhaul Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal in the closing weeks of the campaign.
Indeed, Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho even suggested City could be in danger of slipping out of the top four with West Ham only two points behind them in fifth place, with Manchester United a further two points adrift.
“Everyone is disappointed, but we have to look forward. We have nine games to play and if we don’t have the chance to be champions, we have to finish in the top four.
“We will have to see what the other results bring. It’s tough to drop points like that but if we don’t have the chance to fight for the title, we have to make sure of Champions League.
“There is always a chance, especially with this team, where no-one gives up, and fights to the end, but we need to see the other results to see where we are at the end of the weekend.”
City could even find themselves behind West Ham by the end of the weekend as they face a potentially tricky derby against neighbours United who themselves must win to maintain a realistic chance of gatecrashing the top four and playing Champions League football next season.
While the title now looks beyond them, we think City have too much depth in their squad and with the imminent return of Kevin De Bruyne should be able to hold onto to a place in the top four.
Will City finish in the top four?
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