Manchester City had the Premier League title in their own hands at the start of the month.
Having played two fewer games than the rest of the title challengers, Manuel Pellegrini’s side were the favourites to become the champions of England.
However, a 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Anfield followed by a 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium saw the Citizens hand over the advantage to Brendan Rodgers’ team. But back-to-back wins since then coupled with Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Merseyside on Sunday have put them back in pole position.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches, City find themselves third in the league table with 77 points from 35 matches, three points behind leaders Liverpool. However, they have played a fewer match and also have a better goal difference. Chelsea are a point ahead of the Manchester outfit in second, but Jose Mourinho’s team need both their rivals to drop points to stand a chance of winning the championship.
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has now revealed how defeat for Liverpool on Sunday gave him and his teammates a psychological boost. If the Reds had won their game against Chelsea, then City would stand little realistic chance of reclaiming the title they won in 2012. However, Liverpool didn’t, and following that encounter, City eased past Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park
‘It changed a lot’, The Mirror quotes the 28-year-old as saying. ‘We're back with a big chance of being champions again. We're not depending on other teams – it only depends on us, and that has changed a lot.
‘It gives you energy because mentality is 70% of your body, and a result like that changes everything – your mind, your motivation, everything. When your head is good, your body is good as well’.