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Fernandinho: 'Big mistake' for teams to write off Man City's title hopes

Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has warned Manchester City's rivals that it would be dangerous to write off their title challenge.

City are currently fourth in the Premier League -- 10 points behind leaders Leicester City although they have a game in hand. But the club has a history of going on winning streaks to come from behind to claim the title.

In 2012, they won their final six games of the season to finish as champions and two years later, under current boss Manuel Pellegrini, they claimed the title for a second time after victories in their last five games.

And ahead of the Saturday lunchtime clash at relegation-threatened Norwich City, Fernandinho insists there is a belief at the club that they can go on a run again.

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Asked whether City should be written off in this year's title race, the 30-year-old said: "I think this would be a big mistake. We have great players and a great manager and we're going to put our efforts into the games we have left to play.

"We want to start now with the next game against Norwich and then on the derby. After that we will see what happens. We want to gain more confidence and when players return from injury they will make our squad even stronger.

"This season we have been a little more inconsistent. We have dropped some important points at home and this has made the difference to keep us off the top of the table. But there are still two months to go and 10 games to play and with our best form maybe we can be back at the top of the table soon.

"The team is one of the best in the league. We have a great squad with great players but we have to prove that on the pitch. Unfortunately we haven't done that up to now. I hope the next two months -- the last 10 games -- we can prove that on the pitch and not just talking."

Fernandinho says Manchester City are still capable of the Premier League.

Leicester and second-placed Tottenham Hotspur must slip up if City are to claim the title but Fernandinho admits the Foxes have been the most consistent side in the league -- having lost just three Premier League games all season.

But Leicester are not used to life at the top -- having been rock-bottom at exactly the same stage last season -- and Fernandinho says City must put them under as much pressure as they can in the final weeks of the campaign.

He added: "They are in good shape, they are in good form. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the league. They are playing very well and if they win the league they will deserve it because they will have shown the best qualities.

"But from now until the end of the season things can change, even the team who will be top of the table. If they can continue being the favourite team then it will be great for them but if something changes and Manchester City get to the top of the table then it will be great for us.

"To play as the favourites is a lot of pressure because it is not easy to be top of the table and to win all those games. The Premier League is so difficult to win in every game we play. This can be an advantage for us but our target is to keep playing, to get better and to try to do our best."

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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