Manchester City have not given up, says Savage

The outspoken pundit doesn't agree with the accusation that the Manchester City players do not care about their performances.

Robbie Savage has told BBC Sport that it is wrong to suggest that Manchester City have simply given up this season.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace on Monday to leave them trailing Chelsea by a significant distance in the race for the Premier League title.

It has been another limp defence from the reigning champions, who were also poor when defending their crown the last time they won it under former manager Roberto Mancini.

This time around the Manchester City squad has been accused of simply giving up on the title, with their attitude being questioned by several pundits. Savage, though, doesn’t buy into that opinion at all.

“I would not question is their players' attitude. Of course they care,” said Savage.

“Some of the criticism I have heard of City's players recently would make you think they are losing games because they are going through the motions but I do not think that is the case.”

Despite not criticising the team for their attitude, Savage does, however, believe that captain Vincent Company is wrong to suggest the upcoming Manchester derby is coming at a good time.

The Belgian star recently suggested that the game against Manchester United had arrived at the right time for his struggling side, according to the BBC, but Savage thinks differently.

In fact, he suggests that City are coming up against United at the worst possible time, with the Red Devils having hit a good patch of form as of late.

Vincent Kompany is wrong when he says Sunday is a good time for his side to be facing local rivals Manchester United,” added Savage.

“But the bad news is they are playing United about four weeks too late. Louis van Gaal's side are flying after beating Tottenham and Liverpool and while United's players are in form and full of confidence, City's squad appears to be the complete opposite.”

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