Manchester City still believes in its title chances as the side prepares to take on struggling Norwich City, Bacary Sagna has said.
Manuel Pellegrini's side is 10 points behind leader Leicester City, but recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend and still holds a game in hand over the rest of the top four.
City famously claimed its first Premier League title in 2012 despite sitting eight points behind leader Manchester United with just six games to play, and a late run of form saw it overhaul Liverpool and Chelsea in its last victorious campaign in 2013-14.
And Sagna sees no reason why the club cannot repeat the feat over its final 10 matches this term as the Citizens look to sustain their fearsome form at Carrow Road, where they have won four of their last five matches, including in the FA Cup in January.
"This team has done it before so why not. We have all the players and all the quality required," said Sagna."It's important to win all our games now to stay in the competition to win the league. We are confident - of course it's going to be difficult."
Norwich is desperate for a strong run of its own as the club looks to arrest its dismal form, which has seen it slide into the relegation zone.
Eight defeats in its last nine has left Norwich a point from safety in 18th place, while it has played one game more than Newcastle United below in 19th place.
Manager Alex Neil insists the players' fighting spirit remains as strong as ever and has called on the fans to get behind his side as it looks for just a second win in 14 Premier League meetings with City.
"I don't think anybody could say about my players that they are not trying or that they are giving up," he said, as quoted by the Eastern Daily Press. "In the last few games these guys are losing teeth and getting gashed heads and everything, and they keep going and they keep trying. Somebody will put a couple of wins together and climb out, and we have to make sure it is us."
Norwich has concerns over Robbie Brady and Steven Naismith, who suffered respective calf and hamstring problems in the 1-0 defeat to Swansea City last Saturday, but Sebastien Bassong and Andre Wisdom could both return. Alex Tettey, who scored the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford in December, is out with an ankle injury.
City welcomed Kevin De Bruyne back to training this week but the Belgian is not yet ready to return following his knee injury, while Samir Nasri (hamstring) and Fabian Delph (Achilles) remain sidelined.
Pellegrini's side face Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of its Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday but the Chilean is unlikely to rest his star names for a game going into which City hold a 3-1 lead - especially since it has won just two of its last 10 away league matches.
Key Opta Stats:
- There have been 40 goals scored in the last eight Premier League meetings between Norwich City and Manchester City.
- Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in five Premier League appearances against Norwich and also netted in the FA Cup meeting back in January.
- Norwich has taken just one point from its last four Premier League home matches (W0 D1 L3).
- Only one team has prevented Norwich from scoring in its last nine Premier League games at Carrow Road (Tottenham).
- Manuel Pellegrini's side has scored just eight goals in its last 11 Premier League away matches.