Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Zabaleta Warns City Not to Blow Advantage in Title Race

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Zabaleta Warns City Not to Blow Advantage in Title Race

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Byline: Andy Hodgson

PABLO ZABALETA claims Manchester City can have no excuse if they fail to win the Premier League this season.

Third-placed City, who thrashed Fulham 5-0 on Saturday, are six points behind leaders Chelsea but have three games in hand.

They are out of the Champions League and FA Cup and can reduce the gap on Jose Mourinho's team to three points with victory in tomorrow night's Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

Zabaleta was part of the City team that clinched the title in the dying seconds of the season two years ago and he said: "We need to try to win every game but everything is in our hands. We don't have an excuse now.

"We only have Premier League games and we have time to recover well between them. Hopefully, it won't be the same as last time because it is going to be difficult.

"We just need to keep focused on what we are doing. It is going to be very tough but we have a great team and we believe we can win the title. …

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