Manchester City news: ‘If we can’t be champions we must fight for a top four finish’ says Fernandinho
Fernandinho has conceded the Premier League title is out of Manchester City’s control.
The Brazil midfielder was frustrated after City dropped two points against relegation-threatened Norwich in a goalless draw at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are fourth, nine points behind leaders Leicester, who play Newcastle on Monday.
Results elsewhere will determine who wins the title, according to Fernandinho. But he believes it is imperative that City, even if the trophy is beyond them, secure Champions League qualification for next season with a place in the top four.
City are just two points clear of fifth-placed West Ham.
“Everyone is disappointed about the result. The performance wasn’t what’s expected, but we have to look forward,” Fernandinho told City TV.
“It’s tough to drop points like that. We have nine games to play and, even if we don’t have the chance to be champions, we have to finish in the top four.
“There is always a chance [of the title], especially with this team. No one gives up, fight to the end. We need to wait for other results to see what position we’ll be in at the end of the weekend.”