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Title gone but City can ‘still thrive’

Benjamin Mendy is adamant Manchester City can still enjoy a successful season despite its failure to defend the English Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola’s side is trailing well behind Liverpool after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace dealt another blow to its faint hopes of catching the runaway leader.

Hampered by injuries, City has been unable to match the consistency of its past two title-winning seasons.

Guardiola accepted last month his side could no longer catch Liverpool, but City defender Mendy knows there are still three other trophies to play for, including the UEFA Champions League, which his team has never won.

City holds a 3-1 League Cup semifinal first-leg lead against Manchester United, hosts Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend and is due to play Real Madrid in the UCL last 16.

“When you start the league you try to win, to do your best and you have to say the truth, which is that Liverpool have done very, very well and are a good, strong team — everyone can see that,” Mendy said.

“We deal well with it. When another team is doing well you can’t be upset or angry. This is the truth, no one can complain. So in our dressing room we try to focus on us.

“All the people say Man City are finished. They can say what they want, we will just keep focusing on us, play our football, win the games, to fight until the league is finished.”


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