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Man City's Premier League title bid fizzling out, says Fernandinho

By Staff Reporter

Fernandinho has conceded the Barclays Premier League title race is out of Manchester City's control.

The Brazil midfielder was frustrated after City dropped two points against relegation-threatened Norwich in a goalless draw at Carrow Road on Saturday. Manuel Pellegrini's side now sit nine points behind leaders Leicester, who play Newcastle tonight.

Results elsewhere will determine who wins the title, according to Fernandinho. But he believes it is imperative that City, even if the trophy is beyond them, secure Champions League qualification for next season.

Fourth-placed City are just two points clear of fifth-placed West Ham.

"Everyone is disappointed. The performance wasn't what's expected, but we have to look forward," Fernandinho said.

"It's tough to drop points like that. We have nine games to play and, even if we don't have the chance to be champions, we have to finish in the top four.

"There is always a chance (of the title), especially with this team. No one gives up, fight to the end. We need to wait for other results to see what position we'll be in."

City face Dynamo Kiev in tomorrow's Champions League last-16 second leg with a 3-1 aggregate lead and seeking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Fernandinho added: "It's a big step for the club, for everyone. This (result at Norwich) should give us more motivation to play on Tuesday."

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