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Norwich 0-0 Manchester City - Another Away Day Failure

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Manchester City have once again failed to win back-to-back matches despite facing teams likely to be relegated on consecutive weekends. Today's Blues performance was completely lacking in cutting edge and creativity. After minute 30 it felt like if anyone was going to snatch a winner it would be the Canaries.

Still Manager Manuel Pellegrini perhaps delusionally refuses to give up on the Premier League title. The Blues sit nine points behind table-toppers Leicester City with nine matches remaining. Of course we dropped two important points.

"My mind is always focused now to the next game and while it is mathematically possible we must try to do it.

"The only way forward is to think of the Champions League game on Tuesday and after that we play against Manchester United at home.

"We will try to get the three points and at the end of the season see which side has the most points but when you have so few games to play and you are losing points it is always difficult."

Pellegrini's math and optimism aside, the Blues are a side that when Yaya Toure is injured have very little ability push on in central midfield and without Kevin De Bruyne lack creativity.

The Manager appears to have run out of answers as today's very predictable substitutions indicated. The Blues appear to be focused on UEFA Champions League play with an important second leg against Dynamo Kiev taking place Tuesday at the Etihad. Manchester City leads the tie 3-1 heading into the second leg.

Analysis of this Blues performance is simple - it resembled so many lifeless away performances this season where an early flurry of chances gave way to ultimate failure and a lack of ideas in the final third. We've seen the script over and over again and nothing appears to be changing the Blues fate.

Manchester City sit just two points clear of West Ham United for the 4th and final UEFA Champions League spot with the same number of fixtures contested.