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Demichelis: Liverpool not champions yet

ESPN staff
April 14, 2014
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Martin Demichelis has warned Liverpool that Manchester City aren't prepared to give up on the title just yet.

City's title hopes suffered a blow on Sunday with Liverpool beating them 3-2 at Anfield, after Manuel Pellegrini's side had fought bought from two goals down.

The result leaves City third, seven points behind leaders Liverpool and five adrift of Chelsea, but with two games in hand on both.

Demichelis said: "We will fight until the end. No-one left the stadium thinking they [Liverpool] were champions.

"Obviously we are not happy about the result but we know we have still got matches ahead.

"We have seen in football that we can still win and they can make mistakes. Hopefully we will win the rest and there will be some mistakes from Liverpool."

City managed to overturn an eight-point deficit with six games to go in 2012 to pip Manchester United to the title.

They will need similar heroics now following Sunday's result, with bottom side Sunderland next up on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.

But Demichelis' insists City were unlucky not to come away with at least a point from Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho scoring the winner directly from a hashed clearance by captain Vincent Kompany.

"We finished the first half playing really well and had some chances to score. We could have scored going into half-time," added Demichelis.

"After this we needed to adjust some things. Especially we needed to find a balance between attack and defence.

"When we were attacking, we knew how strong they were in counter-attacks and this is when we had a lot of problems.

"Then their only clear chance came from our mistake. I can only complain about how unlucky we were. We should have got a draw at least.

"Unfortunately we couldn't bring a more positive result to our fans, but we can still bring something positive from now until the end."

Demichelis' comments were echoed by his team-mate Edin Dzeko, who believes the Premier League title race will go down to the wire.

Dzeko, 28, scored City's injury-time equaliser before they went on to beat Queens Park Rangers in May 2012 to become English champions for the first time in 44 years.

He told City's official website: "It's too early to say if Sunday's result will decide where the title ends up because we still have six games to play, and Liverpool and Chelsea both have four left.

"People talk about pressure and such like, but that doesn't really matter - just who wins the most games between now and the end of the season. I firmly believe, like the last time we won the title, that it will go right to the wire."

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