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Monday 29 May 2017

Kolarov: City still in hunt for title crown

Aleksandar Kolarov
Aleksandar Kolarov

Manchester City still have a chance of winning the Premier League title this season, defender Aleksandar Kolarov said, despite Pep Guardiola's men sliding 10 points behind leaders Chelsea after 21 games.

City slipped to fifth position after Sunday's 4-0 thrashing at Everton but will hope to get back to winning ways when they host second-placed Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

"I still think the title race will go to the very last day and we have to make sure we're involved," Kolarov said.

"We just need to turn more games into wins because we've dominated some matches but not ended up winning," he said.

"Every game is tough in the Premier League whether they are at the top or the bottom. Guardiola wants us to be 100 per cent professional in everything we do -- if we want to win things, every small detail is important."

Kolarov also voiced his support for the under-fire manager.

"For all the players it is a great pleasure to play under him because he's the best coach in the football at the moment," Kolarov added.

"As players we can improve and we need to win more games but we are just at the beginning of a journey and I think we'll get better and better."

Meanwhile, former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa has backed Guardiola to overcome teething troubles and turn around the fortunes of the Premier League club.

Villa, who now plays in Major League Soccer with New York City FC, kept faith with the manager under whom he won the Spanish league twice and the 2011 Champions League with Barca.

"He has a difficult period right now but I believe he will change the situation," Villa said.

"(It) is normal to have a difficult period with the team, but he is great and I think he has a methodology and he has a very good coaching staff to change the situation and the future (at City) will be better for sure," said the 35-year-old.

"Soccer is difficult in every country and I am so lucky that I was able to play for Guardiola. He is a great coach, for everyone who likes soccer. But in soccer it is difficult to win and he has almost always won. His statistics are amazing," added Villa.

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