'We can recover': Mancini says City still in the title race despite the cavernous nine point gap between them and United
19:15 GMT, 3 February 2013
19:17 GMT, 3 February 2013
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insisted the Barclays Premier League title race was not over after his team's 2-2 draw with Liverpool this afternoon.
The result at the Etihad Stadium leaves second-placed City nine points adrift of leaders Manchester United.
Acute: Sergio Aguero (right) scored the equaliser in the 2-2 draw from the tightest of angles
And following the contest, Mancini told Sky Sports 1: 'There are still 13 games until the end.
'No, (it is not over) – I think we can recover nine points.'
Edin Dzeko put the hosts in front before strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard to made it 2-1 to Liverpool.
Sergio Aguero then equalised in the 78th minute, capitalising superbly on an error by Reds goalkeeper Jose Reina.
It's not over: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini (pictured) insisted the title race is not over, despite sitting nine points behind neighbours Manchester United
Mancini felt aggrieved that play had not stopped in the build-up to Sturridge's goal after Dzeko was challenged by Daniel Agger.
He said: 'I think Liverpool played a good game. We conceded two goals, stupid goals for me.
'But before the first goal there was a big foul – if it had happened with us, probably there would have been a red card.
In the lead: City did go 1-0 up through an Edin Dzeko (pictured) goal
'Instead, the referee and linesman did not see anything. In the end, though, I think it was the right result.'
Asked if he felt Liverpool should have put the ball out when Dzeko was left on the turf by Agger, Mancini said: 'Probably, because after this foul I think there were several seconds (before the goal).
'I think so, but this can happen. I think it was a foul and should have been a yellow card. The rules are the same for everyone always.'
Liverpool fight back: Daniel Sturridge drew the Reds level with a strike from outside the box…
…Before Steven Gerrard (right) put Liverpool into the lead with a beautiful half-volley that flew beyond Joe Hart