Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says that all of the pressure in the Premier League title race is on Manchester City, and more specifically Manuel Pellegrini.

The Reds’ defeat at the hands of Chelsea last weekend put the momentum in the charge for English football’s top prize back with the Citizens – who know that if they win their last three fixtures they will more than likely lift the trophy courtesy of goal difference.

City had led the way prior to a slump in form which allowed Liverpool to take the initiative and build up what is now a three point buffer at the summit.

With Pellegrini having been given a second chance of having his side’s title destiny in his own hands, Murphy feels that he has no excuses if he doesn’t deliver:

“He’s been handed a second chance this season to win the title and, if he throws it away again, there will be big question marks asked about his leadership and his managerial qualities,” he told talkSPORT.

“They have only won the League Cup and they had it [the Premier League title] in their own hands a few a weeks ago. With the squad he has got and the money he has spent, if he loses to Everton and then loses the title, it’s nail in his coffin.

“Now they have been given a second chance with three games to go. If he can’t motivate them players to win those three games then I’m asking some serious questions.”

City take on Everton at Goodison Park this weekend before back-to-back home games against Aston Villa and West Ham to round off the campaign.

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