English Premiership

City won't surrender - Aguero

2015-02-20 08:20
Sergio Aguero (AFP)

Manchester - Sergio Aguero says Manchester City won't surrender in the race to catch Premier League leaders Chelsea because they know what it takes to snatch the title at the death.

Second-placed City could be 10 points behind leaders Chelsea when they kick-off against Newcastle at 1730 GMT on Saturday because Jose Mourinho's team will already have finished their match against Burnley at Stamford Bridge earlier in the day.

Aguero memorably scored in stoppage-time against QPR on the last day of the 2011-12 season to earn City the Premier League title.

And with 13 matches still to play the Argentina striker says Manuel Pellegrini's champions will continue to fight.

"I believe this will be one of the most highly contested Premier Leagues of recent years and we will be giving everything to retain our title," Aguero said.

"Why not? We were worse off in past seasons we still won and I was always convinced we'd be champions.

"There is a long way to go and a lot of games to play so anything is possible. Right now, it's anyone's title and it's not just two sides competing - there are many teams that are still in the hunt.

"Arsenal and Manchester United are back on their feet, Southampton are not far behind and Liverpool and Spurs have all shown good form, too."

City have managed to keep pace with Chelsea despite being without Aguero for six weeks after their top-scorer suffered a knee injury.

Fellow forwards Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic are also back in action, while January signing Wilfried Bony is in line to make his debut after his January move from Swansea.

"Now we are back to full strength and we have also added to our squad," Aguero said.

"Bony is a valuable addition to bolster our ranks for the final months of the season.

"We have a lot of quality in our team which makes things very competitive and it will remain that way."

Bony's Ivory Coast compatriot Yaya Toure is also in line to return to the City team after helping his country win the African Cup of Nations.

Toure was sorely missed as City won just once in six matches in the midfielder's absence.

Manchester City host Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Kick-off is set for 19:30. 

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