Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini retains title hopes

Norwich City v Manchester City

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is adamant that his side are not out of the Premier League title race despite Saturday’s disappointing 0-0 draw at Norwich City.

The Citizens went into the game against the relegation-threatened Canaries at Carrow Road with just one win in their previous 10 away games and Pellegrini warning the players that they no longer had a “margin for error” in their quest to win the title.

However City failed to deliver in East Anglia and the closest they went to scoring came from two Sergio Aguero efforts which home goalkeeper John Ruddy managed to repel.

It could have been worse had a 25-yard Patrick Bamford effort dropped into the top corner instead of rattling off the crossbar, while Graham Dorrans almost snatched a late winner for Alex Neil’s men.

The draw leaves City nine points behind leaders Leicester with nine games left, while the Foxes could move 12 points ahead if they defeat Newcastle at the King Power Stadium on Monday night.

Despite the table making bleak reading, Pellegrini has not thrown in the towel as he bids to bow out at the Etihad Stadium in the summer with a second Premier League title in the bag.

The Chilean, who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, said: “We are disappointed. We tried to be aggressive with and without the ball. We had a good attitude but we could not create space.

“Of course we should create more in the last third. We were static up front. Every time that you drop points it is harder but you must continue thinking in a positive way. We must always try to win the title while we mathematically can.”

City are now available at 11.00 to win the Premier League title.

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