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Five teams can still win the Premier League: Mahrez

Paying respect: Riyad Mahrez is taking nothing for granted
Paying respect: Riyad Mahrez is taking nothing for granted

By Philip Duncan

Riyad Mahrez has warned that Manchester City will return stronger from their scare at Watford, but insists any of the top-four teams can still beat them to the Premier League title.

City, who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, extended their unbeaten run after Leroy Sane and Mahrez struck either side of half-time at Vicarage Road.

But the champions were given a fright in the concluding stages when Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled over from close range with just five minutes remaining.

Despite their healthy advantage, Mahrez believes Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, as well as their closest rivals Liverpool, remain in title contention.

"Anyone in the top four can still win the league," said Mahrez. "Nothing is done and we need to keep working very hard for each other and try to win every game.

"Now we need to focus every three days, and we need to be ready and at our top.

"You are not going to win every game 4-0 or 5-0, and going through these types of games makes you stronger.

"We created more chances and tried to kill the game, but in football when you are 2-0 up and the opposition scores, the crowd get behind them and it's difficult, so we were very happy to win and get the three points."

Watford keeper Ben Foster reflected: "I am proud of the team. There are not many teams that can say they ran Man City that close this season."

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