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Aleksandar Kolarov targets another Manchester City comeback

Aleksandar Kolarov hopes Manchester City can produce their greatest comeback to reclaim the Barclays Premier League crown.

City are in danger of falling out of the title race after a run of three successive defeats.

That damaging sequence has seen them slip to fourth, 10 points behind leaders Leicester - albeit with a game in hand - having previously been regarded as favourites.

Yet City have come from behind from seemingly irretrievable positions before. In 2012 a defeat by Arsenal left them trailing by eight points with six games remaining but they won them all to take the title. The situation was similar after an April defeat at Liverpool two years ago, but they won their last five to pip the Merseysiders.

Asked if winning the league from their current position would surpass those fightbacks, defender Kolarov said: "It could be. Four years ago we always knew we could come back and this could be another great City season, but first we have to do more on the pitch and that is up to us.

"I remember this game against Arsenal and when we won the second title there was a similar game against Liverpool that we lost 3-2.

"And especially I think this year, more than others, you see the other results as well have been very difficult to predict.

"It will be difficult because it isn't all in our hands, so we have to look at other games as well, but I think we have to try and start by winning on Saturday, make sure we win all our other games and then expect that all the other clubs drop points.

"We have experience under (Roberto) Mancini almost four years ago and then (Manuel) Pellegrini two years ago, so I believe we can do it. We know it will be difficult but we have to believe."

Kolarov hopes City's experience of past success comes to the fore as they look to put pressure on the sides above them.

City will look to get back to winning ways as they host bottom side Aston Villa on Saturday. A victory would ensure at least some ground being made up as second-placed Tottenham take on third-placed Arsenal earlier in the day.

The Serbian left-back said: "Maybe we have an advantage but the other clubs are doing so well, especially Leicester and Tottenham.

"We just have to be focused on Saturday's game because we have no option but to win it. We know 100 per cent Arsenal or Tottenham are going to drop points. It will be even more difficult than last time but we believe."

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