Gary Lineker reacts on Twitter to Manchester City’s title challenge setback

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The former Tottenham Hotspur striker hints that Manchester City’s title challenge is all but over.

BBC pundit Gary Lineker took to Twitter in order to relay Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s message on edging Manchester City in the race for the title.

The Blues coach spoke out on his side’s Premier League prospects following their disappointing Champions League elimination at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

In his mind, the Stamford Bridge outfit can now turn their attention to the remaining domestic season and will, come May, be crowned champions.

While Manuel Pellegrini may have disagreed before this weekend, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Chilean will have to settle for second place after another setback at Burnley.

The Citizens were off colour to say the least and a wonderful second-half strike from George Boyd handing the Clarets a memorable 1-0 victory, boosting their survival hopes in the process.

With just nine games left for the Etihad outfit to bridge a five-point gap – could be 11 if the Blues win both their games in hand – Lineker feels Saturday’s setback has all but handed the title to City’s rivals.

He wrote: “Mourinho said Chelsea would go on to win the Premier League. Didn’t realise he meant today.”

What has gone wrong for Manchester City?

It’s easy to point to Yaya Toure’s absence during the Africa Cup of Nations as City’s downfall this season, but there is simply more to it than that.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side haven’t scored as many goals as last season, but arguably more important than that is their evident vulnerability at the back.

Last season, City recorded 16 cleans sheets on their way to winning the title. So far this campaign that figure has dropped to nine, with just two of those coming in the last 12 matches.

Skipper Vincent Kompany is out of form, but the real weakness lies in midfield where Fernandinho and Fernando have struggled on more than one occasion to offer the necessary protection for the back four.

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