Javi Garcia, a summer signing from Benfica, has took a brave but admirable step forward by announcing he believes Manchester City can still retain their title, although they currently lie 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester United.
Last season, City found themselves champions after overturning an eight point deficit in the space of six games and winning the title on goal difference, much to the annoyance of United. There's no doubt that this would give City faith that it is possible to overturn the 12 points in 10 games.
Speaking after the 1 - 0 win at Aston Villa on Monday, the Spaniard said: "Being 12 points in front is a good position for Manchester United to be in but, there are still 10 games left, there are still 30 points to play for, it is still possible [to win the tittle].
We need to fight until the final game. We will fight for this Premier League title.
"The players remember the gap that City made up last season. I think, that if it was the same situation, in another league it would be impossible to make up the gap.
"But in England, everything is possible because all the teams are stronger. United can lose a few games. It is possible"
Garcia then goes on to comment on the upcoming Derby at Old Trafford, a clear focus for City to snatch three points and put themselves back in the title race, "A win there [at Old Trafford] would cut the gap by three points. But first we have difficult games to play against teams like Everton and Tottenham. It is important we win at United, but if we don't win against Everton, for example, maybe the gap will be too big"
The Spaniard was keen to point out that the 1 - 0 victory they managed Aston Villa shows United that City are keeping up the fight.
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