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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied suggestions the Premier League title race is over and insist his team will fight until the end.
The Citizens still have two games in hand over their rivals and take on West Brom on Monday night as they try to cut the gap at the top of the table.
Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Norwich on Sunday means City are now nine points off the pace.
City, now 6.50 to win the Premier League title, will be without Yaya Toure for Monday’s game against the Baggies and they will be hoping to pick up the three points without him. They struggled in midfield in their 2-2 draw against Sunderland last week, but Pellegrini is confident the title race is not over.
He said: “I am absolutely sure the other teams will drop points in the same way we did in the last game. We have 15 more points to play for and we will try and win the most amount of points.
“The game against Sunderland was a disappointment because we always want to win but, as I said before that game, playing against relegation-threatened teams during the last games of the season is not easy.
“It happened with Everton against Crystal Palace and with us. The performance in every game is very important and I hope we are going to improve our performance against West Brom.”
City are the heavy favourites to beat Pepe Mel’s side at odds of 1.23, with the draw 6.57 and West Brom at 11.79.