Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini still believes that his side’s title hopes are alive after the weekend loss to Liverpool.

The Sky Blues slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Anfield to hand the momentum in the battle for the trophy to their table-topping rivals, who now know that if they win their remaining four games they will claim English football’s top prize.

City now trail the leaders by seven points, but with two ties in hand the gap can be closed significantly.

Liverpool still have to play second placed Chelsea, and if points are dropped by Brendan Rodgers’ men, then Pellegrini’s side will be seen as favourites.

One of the extra fixtures for City occurs this evening against Sunderland, and the Chilean feels they can keep up their claim for the crown with a three-point haul:

“I think the team knows perfectly what they have to do, we lost that game but we have still to play six games more and we will fight to the end to win the title.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“If we don’t do it, it is because Liverpool will win their four games, but I don’t think some things change after the game on Sunday,

“Of course, the fans believe that we can do it. And the two postponed games: if we win both we are just one point behind Liverpool.

“If you don’t believe when you’re just one point behind the leader, nobody can believe anything. We have had a very good season so far and we hope we finish the last six games in the same way.

“The important thing is that we win our games. We can do nothing about the other teams but we can do a lot of things here.

“That is why I am sure the players know exactly what they have to do and we will try to start by winning one of the two games postponed so both teams, Chelsea and Liverpool, must feel we are only three or four points behind them with one game also to play at the end of the season.”

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