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Rodgers: City not guaranteed two wins

ESPN staff
May 5, 2014
Liverpool know that anything but a win at Crystal Palace could end their title hopes © PA Photos

Brendan Rodgers believes it is not a foregone conclusion that Manchester City will win their final two games of the season.

City secured their third successive league win at Everton on Saturday and, with a far superior goal difference to Liverpool, further victories against Aston Villa and West Ham - both at the Etihad - should see them lift their second title in three years.

But Rodgers remains defiant that Manuel Pellegrini's side may yet slip up.

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"Manchester City need to win all their games," he said. "They will have won five games in a row and have only done that once this season, so it will be a wee bit new for them as well. It is not over by a long way.

"I just believe that if we can win our two games, then it will go a long way to deciding whether we finish at the top.

"But the first thing is concentrating on our game, which we have done all season, and that is Crystal Palace.

"City's result [against Everton] won't deflate us because we know we have to win against Palace no matter what. We know we have to win at Palace and win against Newcastle. That hasn't changed and that is our focus."

Should Liverpool and City win their remaining games, they will be locked on 86 points. But while both teams have scored 96 goals, City have conceded nine fewer.

Rodgers, though, remains confident his free-scoring side can overturn the difference - starting with Palace on Monday and Newcastle on the final day.

"If there is any team that can score goals and turn it around, it will be us," Rodgers added.

"That will be our aim. We aim to score goals and be defensively strong."

Liverpool did beat Palace 9-0 in a First Division match in September 1989 - and while Rodgers is not claiming his side will repeat that feat, he did point to the example of Chelsea winning by a big score when under pressure to claim the title in 2010.

He said: "I have seen it before. Chelsea beat Wigan 8-0 in the last game of the season.

"I am not paying any disrespect to Newcastle at all -- but what we are saying is if there is a team that has shown it can score goals, it is us.

"We are not a 1-0 team. That is what gives us the chance. It's the team that scores the goals that will win.

"Manchester City won the league on goals scored a couple of years ago. That's why, when I came in here, I spoke about a team that could score goals because ultimately that is what it could come down to.

"We scored 47 goals in the first year I was here and now we have 96. That is what gives us the chance. We could sit and get the team to defend and not want to score but ultimately it's the team that scores the goals that will win."

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