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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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Johnson: Failure would be 'devastating'

Adam Johnson believes it would be a huge blow for Manchester City if they failed to turn their current Premier League supremacy into silverware in May.

City hold a three point advantage at the top of the table, a position they have held for much of the season. To throw it away in the second half of the season would be a disaster, says the winger.

And with third placed Tottenham Hotspur, who lie five points behind them, travelling Eastlands on Sunday the pressure will be on to secure a victory which could send the visitors out of the title race.

"I would be devastated if we didn't win it,'' he said. "Most of lads are not thinking about it but we are three points clear, so from this position, it would be devastating not to do it.

"Maybe because we have spent so much money, people think we are trying to buy the title. Tottenham are the team who have nothing to lose and all the pressure is on United and City.

"But the pressure is on whoever is up there to sustain it. If Tottenham do that, there will be massive pressure on them. In the last four or five games, when things are still tight, that is when we can see who will hold their nerve.

"If I was a neutral and I was looking at the quality in our squad before the season began I would be backing us to be right up there. It is what people expect from us.

"If we win the title we will have deserved it. We have top class players but we have to play 38 games. We have to try and win every one. Hopefully in May I will be saying that we did it.''

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