Pablo Zabaleta: 'We don't need to panic'

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Pablo Zabaleta has claimed that Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea last night will not hinder them too much in their quest for trophies this season.

A Branislav Ivanovic goal was enough to end City’s 100% home record while also stopping them side from scoring at the Etihad since November 2010.

The loss means City are now two points behind leaders Arsenal, while Chelsea pulled level with Manuel Pellerini’s team, but Zabaleta feels that the Citizens first defeat in 20 is not a reason to panic.

"We were a little bit frustrated by the result but this is football. Sometimes you can lose games. We need to keep calm,” he told Sky Sports.

“It was one of those games that we didn’t do our stuff. We need to think and be positive now and review the game, just to see all the mistakes and try not to make them again. Sometimes when you lose one game it is terrible, but we must be stronger than ever.”

Zabaleta highlighted that City are still within touching distance of Arsenal as well as still fighting for a quadruple, and they simply need to right the wrongs they made yesterday.

“We know we are only two points behind Arsenal and there is still a long way to g," the Argentinian continued.

"We still have a chance in four competitions. We need to be positive. The manager is clever enough to work during the week and show to us on video what we did wrong and try to do well next game.”

The Argentine, who is City’s fourth longest servant, behind Micah Richards, Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany, believes City must just look to one game at a time, starting with a trip to relegation candidates Norwich on Saturday.

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