Playmaker David Silva is unfazed by Manchester City’s seven-point gap between the Premier League leaders, and has thrown down the gauntlet for the Blues to be on level terms by the end of February.
City currently trail rivals Manchester United before their trip to face Arsenal this Sunday – although Roberto Mancini’s men could be ten points adrift come kick-off as United host Liverpool in the day’s early tie.
The Blues regained an eight-point deficit last season to overtake United and claim their historic title and Spaniard Silva believes that if they’ve done it once, they can certainly do it again.
“It won’t be easy, but our challenge is to be back level with Manchester United by the end of February,” said Silva.
“Last year we saw how they were in front by quite a lot of points, and we won the league anyway, so it can be done.
“Our goal this season was the Champions League. But now that chance has gone, we want to win the Premier League and dedicate the achievement to our fans.”
Silva cites hard work and dedication as the key to a repeat of last season – and believes his team should focus on the task in hand.
“The only way to do it is to work harder every day and to avoid more stumbles,” Silva said. “Perhaps being knocked out of Europe had an influence.
“But now we need to react and to demonstrate that City are the English champions and intend to remain so. There is a long way to go, but we can’t allow United any more advantage at the top of the table.
“The future is in our own hands but we have already shown how powerful we can be during our worst moments in the past year.”
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