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Manchester City's Mancini refuses to concede title to United

Published on Feb 4, 2013 8:27 AM
Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Feb 3, 2013. -- PHOTO : AP 

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists his team can still retain their Premier League title despite falling nine points behind Manchester United.

City were held 2-2 by Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, wasting the opportunity to reduce the deficit at the top of the table to seven points in the wake of United's 1-0 victory at Fulham 24 hours earlier.

Ultimately, after goals from Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard, City, who had led through Edin Dzeko, required a spectacular individual effort from Sergio Aguero 12 minutes from time to collect a point.

But despite the mounting odds, Mancini remained defiant, citing last season when City won the league so memorably by recovering an eight-point disadvantage over the final six games.

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