Manchester City clinch vital win against Chelsea to keep title hopes alive


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said his team's 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday was a vital one and says he hasn't given up hope of catching league leaders Manchester United. The Citizens won thanks to exquisite goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez, following Frank Lampard's penalty miss. The victory keeps City 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United with 11 games left in the season.

Asked if a 15-point gap would have been too far to bridge, Mancini replied: "Maybe. In football, it's finished when it's finished, in the last minute of the last game. If we arrive with four games to go and United are 12 points ahead, it's finished, but our job is to continue to work. For us, it's not important to look at the table, only to continue to work like today, to play well and to improve because we can improve. Only this and maybe look at the table in one month."

Manchester United haven't shown any signs of weakness last weekend as they beat bottom-placed QPR on Saturday to open up a 15-point gap before City's Sunday win. The Red Devils have a favourable run of games in March against teams placed in the bottom half of the league table before facing City in the derby on 8 April.

The bookmakers seem to disagree with the Italian manager, Bet365 have Manchester United priced at 1/50 to win the Premier League this season while Manchester City are priced at 18/1 and Chelsea at 200/1.

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