After Manchester City drew their second home game in a row against Liverpool, the pressure is back on Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
Mancini yet refused that the Premier League title race is over for Manchester City and conceded they would now have to win all of their remaining league games to retain the Premier League title following a 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
After the draw against Liverpool, Manchester City are nine points behind league leaders Manchester United with 13 more games to go. Mancini yet believes that the gap is insurmountable and he still hopes that his side can defend their title.
“Absolutely not,” said Mancini when asked whether he thought the Premier League crown was out of City’s reach.
“Two years ago Chelsea were nine points behind and when they went to play at Old Trafford two games from the end (of the season) they were only two points behind.
“Two games and the championship is reopened. I don’t think this is finished but probably now we have to win all the games, but if not then 11 or 12 games.
“But in football this can happen sometimes. Last year we recovered eight points in six games so I don’t know why it can’t happen this year.”
Manchester City fought back to win the Premier League title last year after they were eight points adrift of Manchester United with six matches remaining and recovered to win their first league title in 44 years.
On the other hand, Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers was ecstatic with his side’s performance.
The result against Manchester City has left them on the seventh place on the League table, but the manager seemed unhappy from a mistake committed by goalkeeper Pepe Reina that arguably cost them three points.
“That was an outstanding performance today coming here, which is notoriously difficult place where it is even difficult to score goals,” Rodgers added.
“We were brilliant. The only disappointment is that we were outstanding in our work but mistakes have cost us.
“Aguero’s finish for the second was unbelievable but from our perspective we are bitterly disappointed he was in that situation.
“It was a mistake, everyone is clear on that, but I can’t fault the players.”