Manuel Pellegrini promises Man City will fight to the end in title race

Norwich 0 Manchester City 0

Manuel Pellegrini promises Man City will fight to the end in title race

The Chilean is also steadfast in his view that City will not prioritise the Champions League over domestic affairs, even though that appears to be their best chance of adding another trophy to the Capital One Cup.

City should progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League this week, taking a 3-1 lead into the second leg against Dynamo Kiev tomorrow, but Pellegrini says: “It is not our mentality to give one competition priority.

“The Champions League is important but that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to fight for the Premier League.”

He needs to consider whether to rest David Silva, who is struggling with a persistent ankle injury, and the Spanish midfielder looked below par as City huffed and puffed with little success at Norwich, who had not won since January 2.

City’s biggest problem in the Premier League is their inability to put two wins together since last October, when they thrashed Newcastle and Bournemouth in successive weeks.

This should have been another comfortable victory, given City’s record against teams from the bottom half of the table – 41 points from a possible 45 before this fixture.

They may not be able to beat the top sides, with no victories against the top six, but their reputation as flat-track bullies should have seen them home comfortably at Carrow Road.

They started full of attacking intent, with Sergio Aguero going head to head with John Ruddy in a personal battle.

The Norwich goalkeeper won, though, tipping over Aguero’s fierce free-kick and then diving full length to keep out an angled shot.

But there was little else for the keeper to worry about, and as Joe Hart admitted afterwards: “John and I could have had the afternoon off. It was a disappointing performance and result for us.”

irst half, and then Graham Dorrans shot wide from an excellent position in the closing stages.

The draw was not much use to either side, with Norwich failing to get out of the relegation zone and City now nine points off Leicester with nine games to play.

But Hart echoed Pellegrini’s unconvincing assessment that the Sky Blues will not give up while it is mathematically possible to catch Claudio Ranieri’s men.

“We’ll always keep going, we’ve had that spirit since I have been here, but sometimes it is not good enough. We need a little bit more brilliance, more invention.”

Alex Neil was equally bullish about Norwich’s chances of survival. “There’s no doom and gloom in our camp or our changing room. We’re determined and we realise we have to fight tooth and nail.

NORWICH 4-4-1-1: Ruddy 7; Martin 6, Bennett 7, Klose 7, Olsson 6; Redmond 5 (Dorrans 44), Howson 6, O’Neil 6, Jarvis 5; Hoolahan 6 (Jerome 66); Bamford 6 (Mbokani 67)

MANCHESTER CITY 4-4-2: Hart 6; Sagna 6 (Zabaleta 85), Kompany 7, Otamendi 6, Clichy 6; Navas 5 (Iheanacho 77), Fernando 6, Fernandinho 6, Silva 6; Aguero 7, Bony 4 (Sterling 58)

Referee: J Moss

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