Manchester City can outlast Chelsea in the race for the 2014-15 Premier League title, according to midfielder Samir Nasri.
The reigning champions trail leaders Chelsea by three points ahead of their clash with mid-table Sunderland on New Year’s Day.
City won the title last season despite having trailed both Arsenal and Liverpool for long periods during the campaign and Nasri believes that knowhow gives City an advantage in the current title race.
“Everyone is stronger,” said the Frenchman. “We get older, we get more mature and stronger mentally. You learn to deal with different situations. At this club we’ve been through all the different situations. We know how to deal with the pressure. We know we are good at being second and chasing someone. We’ve done it before. We know how to deal with every situation and we are ready for it.”
Manuel Pellegrini’s side spurned a good opportunity to cut Chelsea’s lead to a point on Sunday when they squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with struggling Burnley after Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton. The deadlock also had the Manchester club miss out on a club-record 10-match winning streak, but Nasri says the focus now is winning the next match.
“We’re frustrated,” he said. “We were aware of the Chelsea result and it was a great chance for us to be just one point behind. Nobody talks about that record of ten consecutive wins. That doesn’t matter. The most important thing was to finish the year at home with a win, with 45 points from the first half (of the season). That would have been a good thing, but we didn’t do it. All we want to do is win. We couldn’t do that, so let’s be focused for Sunderland.”