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City fighting title race nerves

ESPN staff
March 5, 2014
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Aleksandar Kolarov believes Manchester City may need to take maximum points from their last 12 games if they are to regain the Premier League title.

The Serbia defender is worried that if Manuel Pellegrini's team do not win all of their remaining league matches, it will cost them and has urged his team-mates to "hold their nerve".

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"It will be very difficult to the very end because now we have played two games less and we need to win them," Kolarov, in Dublin preparing for his country's international against the Republic of Ireland, said comparing City's position to that of leaders Chelsea.

"It's very important we do that because we want to keep things in our own hands. We have 12 more games to play and every single one of them is going to be tough. This is the important stage of the season and we have to hold our nerve.

"It is the team that handles the pressure better that will win. It's massive for us, we might need to beat every single team we play between now and the end of the season to win the Premier League."

City are six points behind leaders Chelsea, with two games in hand, and could be nine points adrift of them after a weekend when they are in action in the FA Cup while Jose Mourinho's side host Tottenham in the Premier League.

If City take the remaining 36 points available to them they would end the season on 93 points and no team has ever finished a Premier League season with 90 or more points and come second.

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