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Be Realistic - City Have Blown Title Challenge

One defeat does not define a season but yesterday's loss at Aston Villa realistically means Manchester City have blown any hope of winning this seasons Premier League title.

I am certainly not a 'doom and gloom' merchant but if you look at teams around us then one has to say Manchester United and Arsenal will more than likely finish above us. The real test is keeping Chelsea and Tottenham at bay.

Our season is far from finished but getting points from the following games is going to be no mean feat.

Our next six Premier League fixtures include:

Wednesday 2 February
Birmingham (away)

Saturday 5 February
West Brom (home)

Saturday 12 February
Man Utd (away)

Monday 28 February
Fulham (home)

Saturday 5 March
Wigan (home)

Sunday 20 March
Chelsea (away)

In my book we are more than capable of getting 12 from a possible 18 points. What do you think?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 23 2011

Time: 12:33PM

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Who ever said we were IN the title race? I've never had us down as title contenders, neither has any City fan i know. The aim has always been very clear - finish in the top four. Anything more is a bonus, anything less simply wouldn't be acceptable. Our main rivals are Spurs and Chelsea now. So long as we keep a few points between us and one of those i'll be very happy.
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23/01/2011 12:42:00

I never thought about winning the title. Some fans get ahead of themselves but at the start of the season top 4 was the target - i would be over the 'bluemoon' with 3rd.
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23/01/2011 12:57:00

Was always a case of Top4...and possibly a good run in the FA Cup or Europa League. That would do pig :)
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23/01/2011 13:25:00

Its true, most city fans included i never thought we could we the league. Despite united looking very average. But judging on how poor the league is this year, a title challenge is possible. We have to beat united at old trafford and hope they start losing... which looks unlikely. We need to stay close up top, incase utd start losing. But a 2nd or 3rd finish would be a wonderful.
Sheikh Mansour
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23/01/2011 14:18:00

You probably need just one more top class striker!!!
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23/01/2011 14:36:00

I didn't think it was in reach with the rags having two games in hand on us (Blackpool will roll over like Brum and Blackburn did for them, and they will get at least a draw from Chelsea), now unless of an unforseen collapse at the swamp, it seems impossible. But really, should we be gutted - people wrote us off for FOURTH place and yet here we are loitering in the top three for much of the season. Anything better than fourth would be a reward. Then Champions League, final tweaking of the squad with the Hughes deadweights cleared out, and onward to a challenge on all fronts.
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23/01/2011 15:24:00

And winning a cup still isn't out of reach. Granted, you never know what you will get in the FA Cup (as shown when we struggled past Leicester) and the Europa League is tricky (we're about to enter one of the most hostile stadiums in the world where Aris haven't lost in Europe for 30+ years) but we have the talent and potential to at worst give ourselves a cup final day in each.
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23/01/2011 15:26:00

Never expected us to be in the title race TBH, and was pleasantly surprised to find we were. Yesterday makes it much more difficult to win the title, but Manure are flattering to deceive (notwithstanding yesterday's flat track bully win over Brum), Arsenal are too inconsistent, and Chelsea require a huge injection of new blood if they are to get back to competing for the league. Won't rule out Spuds just yet, but they look even further away than we do. So I don't expect us tto win the Premier League this season, we still have far too much work to do to get the squad playing consistently well and consistently as a team, but I don't think we're out of the race by a long way.
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23/01/2011 15:36:00

Top four is good for city but just because you lost 1 game does not mean you are out of it. How do you no us, everton, yourselves etc wont beat utd? or arsenal? Everyone everywhere are losing points you could easily put the pressure back onto utd and arsenal. It's not over yet for you.
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23/01/2011 16:06:00

i agree, but being in our current position at this stage i would be a little dissapointed not to get top 3. i just hope largely the same team we have now goes into next season having had the experience of competing at the top of the league
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23/01/2011 19:29:00

At the beginning of the season we were talking about maybe a top 4 position then we got excited and were thinking maybe top two but I don't recall anybody saying top ......
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24/01/2011 03:10:00

It would still be possible if you can beat the rags at theirs. Never know it could start a run where they drop a few points which would bring them back to the rest of the pack chasing.
SFC Forever
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24/01/2011 07:26:00

It would still be possible if you can beat the rags at theirs. Never know it could start a run where they drop a few points which would bring them back to the rest of the pack chasing.
SFC Forever
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24/01/2011 07:27:00

Crystal ball gazing is one thing but reality is the real deal. Mancini is a realist and his aim is to pick up as many pts. as possible and then by seasons end we will all know in what position we will have finished. All managers operate this way...week by week. I, like all City supporters hope that come the last few games of the season that we will be in a position to win the title and it could still happen. However, I don't think we have the cohesion in our play at the moment...I think that's plain to see, but it will come as players adapt to each other and to what the manager expects of them. This team will bounce back from this loss very quickly and if we can put Utd. to the sword I believe we will be hard to beat for the rest of the season.
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24/01/2011 07:46:00

Realism is this, we are in a better position than we have been in for years and for that I am truly grateful. Can we win the title? well I suppose if everything falls for us we can, but like the others here, a top four is what we were after and if we get that, then anything else is a bonus. Let's not forget that for all the money we have spent on good players, that in itself doesn't make a team. A team takes a little while to gel and that is why the likes of the rags, l'arse and others can still keep coming up with good results despite not playing all that good football. They play for each other because they are thoroughly in tune with each other's moves. We will get like that. Some games we do it great, others we don't. Keep the faith and remember one slip up is nothing, all the great teams do that.
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24/01/2011 09:41:00

It ain't over 'til Sam Allardyce sings!
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24/01/2011 09:48:00

Lardace may be fat, but she ain't no lady.
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24/01/2011 11:38:00

I don't think the loss to Villa was great news but anything can happen. Its not beyond the realms of possibility that we go on a long winning run and the wheels come off the other teams. I'm sure if United were in our position they'd still consider themselves very much in it.
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