Gael Clichy believes Manchester City still have a chance of catching rivals Manchester United in the race for the Premier League title, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The Blues defender has flagged up the next four league fixtures - away to Everton and rivals United and at home to Newcastle and Wigan - as a vital phase of the campaign.
The home fixture with Wigan, postponed to accommodate Saturday's FA Cup clash with Barnsley, has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, when United also play a rearranged game against West Ham.
United also take on Reading at Old Trafford and face a trip to Sunderland in their four match spell, making them clear favourites to take the title.
Just two days after the Sunderland game, United have their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Chelsea on April 1, and fatigue may yet play a part in the title race.
Full-back Clichy doesn't agree that United are in a stronger position than they were this time last season, following City's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal which supposedly opened up an unbridgeable gap.
"If you look at the scenario, it is actually not that much different from last season - eight points behind with six games to go last year, 12 behind with ten to play this time around," he said.
"If United don't make mistakes, they win the title, but everyone is saying United have to lose four games.
"That's not true - if they draw a few matches we can make up points in that way."
Clichy believes one bad result can become two and after what happened at the closing stages of last year's campaign, he says anything is possible.
"What we want to do is keep taking three points every week and really keep the pressure on United.
"The next three or four games are crucial for us and if we do well during this period, we will see."
The crucial stage of the season for City begins at Goodison Park Saturday lunchtime, against City's bogey side Everton who City have only beaten once in seven games during Roberto Mancini's reign.

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