English Premiership

Fernandinho: City still capable of catching Chelsea

2017-03-08 19:46
Fernandinho (Gallo Images)

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho refuses to give up on the Premier League title chase, and has urged his teammates to keep believing.

Pep Guardiola's charges are third in the standings, 11 points behind first-placed Chelsea, but have a game in hand and would move up to second with a win over Stoke City on Wednesday.

Despite the significant lead Chelsea enjoy, Fernandinho believes City can still catch the Blues in the remaining 11 rounds of fixtures.

"When you have this desire to win, to win, to win, I would not feel comfortable losing a title," the Brazilian told Sky Sports.

"We have to believe, I still believe. We all know the Premier League is so tough and many, many things can happen - right until the last game of the season."

"We have Stoke and it's always difficult to play against them. After that we have Liverpool and then Arsenal and Chelsea.

"So I think this month is going to decide if we are going to be up there new the top of the table or not."

Meanwhile Guardiola has hit out at the high cost of English players, saying he will look to Europe and beyond for new Manchester City players this summer.

Guardiola has signed eight players since becoming City's manager last July but only one was produced in England, reflecting a larger issue in the Premier League - the small pool of homegrown players.

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