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Shearer reckons ‘brilliant’ Man City still have ‘a glimmer of hope’ in title race

Alan Shearer believes ‘brilliant’ Manchester City still have ‘a glimmer of hope’ in the Premier League title race following the champion’s victory over Leicester this weekend.

Pep Guardiola’s side produced an impressive performance to secure victory over the second-placed Foxes on Saturday evening, goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus sealing a 3-1 victory and closing the gap on leaders Liverpool to 11 points.

The club’s victory was their second dominant performance in a week after thrashing Arsenal last weekend, and Premier League legend Shearer believes Man City‘s response to their Manchester derby defeat earlier this month gives them slight hope in the race to catch the runaway leaders.

“Liverpool have been relentless and fully deserve to be 11 points ahead of City, with that game in hand, too,” Shearer wrote in his column for The Sun.

“Pep Guardiola’s champions are probably going to have to go and win every game from now until the end of the season to stand a chance. And they are capable of doing that, of course. But even then, it is unlikely that it will be good enough to overcome Liverpool.

“Their last two performances have been incredible and give a glimmer of hope, bouncing back from the defeat to rivals United when they were really poor.

“Against Arsenal, they were simply magnificent and had they not taken their foot off the gas, it could have been a lot more than three goals.

“And then yesterday, they go behind to that excellent Jamie Vardy goal and watching it, you think, here we go again, just like against Manchester United.

“It was a similar goal to the one United scored, on the break, space in behind and at pace, a brilliant finish from Vardy.

“However, City were not having a repeat of their last home game. They stepped on the gas and the performances of Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, in particular, were breathtaking.

“The way Pep overloaded that right-hand side of the pitch to exploit Leicester, in terms of positioning and tactics — it was so intelligent, just brilliant.

“You could say that Leicester should have done something to combat it, but they have their own way of playing and paid the price.”

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