Gareth Barry admits he is struggling to understand Manchester City’s current slump in form that has seen them sacrifice top spot in the Premier League, but says they are targeting a 100 percent record in their final eight games of the season.
Title rivals Manchester United have made closed up a five point gap in recent weeks and now have the chance to establish a three point advantage at the top of the table when they play Fulham tonight thanks to City’s most recent slip up, a 1-1 draw with Stoke on Saturday.
While City’s home form is immaculate – their recent 2-1 win over Chelsea marked their 20th consecutive home victory, a new Premier League record – their form away from the Etihad Stadium remains suspect.
Roberto Mancini’s men have picked up just two wins from their last six encounters on the road, and while Barry says he is struggling to put his finger on why they struggle on the road, the England international believes they have the ability to win all of their remaining games.
“It is really hard to pick anything out,” Barry told reporters.
"It was always going to be tough to keep the blistering start we had going, the run we had was fantastic.
"People were saying we were unstoppable but it is such a long season, it is tough to keep that going.
"We have got eight games now, we must try to win them all."
City have the opportunity to set up a dramatic title finale when they play hosts to United on April 30, just three games before the end of the season.
Barry says he is mindful of keeping the gap between them and United to three points until the two teams meet at the Etihad Stadium next month in order to give themselves the best chance possible of claiming their first ever Premier League title.
“It is important now we keep it to no more than the three points for when we do play Manchester United,” Barry explained.
“We can't be relying on other teams - we have got to try to win all our games from now until the end of the season.
“That is our target. It is going to be really tough but while it is in our hands it is still possible. We are confident we can do that.”