Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to accept the title race was over despite another heavy setback to his side’s chances at Burnley.
The champions crashed to a surprise 1-0 defeat to the relegation battlers at Turf Moor and remain five points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea, who now have two games in hand. City have fallen away alarmingly since pulling level with the Londoners on New Year’s Day and have won just three of their last nine league games.
Pellegrini said: “Every point we drop will be more difficult. “When you have mathematical chances you must try to continue fighting, but the most important thing is to trust in what we are doing, try to win the next game and we will see at the end of the season where you will finish.
“George Boyd struck the only goal of the game with a sweet, low left-foot half-volley from the edge of the area just after the hour. The Scot had shot narrowly wide with a volley from distance just moments earlier.