Afternoon Report: February 25

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere insists their season is not over yet and has urged his team-mates to up their game for next weekend's north London derby. 

The Gunners' trophy-less run could stretch to eight seasons this year, having failed to establish themselves in the Premier League title race and with their Champions League campaign on the brink, but Wilshere insists Arsene Wenger's side still have much to play for.

Interim manager Rafa Benitez knows Chelsea will have to continue to fight to the end of the season in what could be a nervy scrap for a place in the Premier League's top four.

A 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon dented the west London club's hopes of finishing second, and they are now looking over their shoulders.

Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini is adamant it is not in the DNA of Manchester City to concede defeat in the Premier League title race after yesterday's win over Chelsea.

Goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez gave City victory at the Etihad Stadium, and although the defending champions still trail Manchester United by 12 points, they have not given up hope with 11 games remaining.

Michael Carrick insists there is no complacency in the Manchester United camp despite their big lead in the Premier League title race.

Carrick played his part as United beat QPR 2-0 at Loftus Road on Saturday, but the midfielder insists boss Sir Alex Ferguson will not allow the squad to relax.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is confident the club's Europa League heroics will not be a distraction, as they prepare to face West Ham in the Premier League on Monday evening.

The Portuguese tactician says his Spurs players have the mental aptitude to refocus their attentions on domestic matters as they look to re-establish their four-point lead over north London rivals Arsenal.

And finally, Barcelona star Javier Mascherano feels his side's response to falling behind against Sevilla was the most positive thing about their 2-1 victory.

Sevilla took the lead through Alberto Botia in the 42nd minute, but two goals in eight second-half minutes from David Villa and Lionel Messi turned the game on its head on Saturday. 

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