Manuel Pellegrini conceded that Manchester City's title hopes have suffered a serious blow after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by bottom club Sunderland.
It could have been even worse for City who needed a late equaliser by Samir Nasri to avoid defeat, but Liverpool are now six points ahead having only played a single game more while Chelsea are four points in front.
– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini
Of course the chances are less than before the match. It was very important for us to win the three points, for different reasons we couldn't but we continue fighting to the end.
I think we couldn't take out of the mind the game against Liverpool and that was the consequence why the team didn't play well.
We needed more intensity but our mind maybe was not in the moment to do it.
Maybe at the moment Liverpool and Chelsea have better chances than our team because we are in third position but we still continue fighting until the last game.