London: Manuel Pellegrini claims he never lost faith that Manchester City could win the Premier League after his side regained control of the title race with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
On a potentially decisive weekend in the battle for supremacy at the top of the table, City took full advantage of Liverpool's unexpected 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea with a ruthless performance just hours later in south London. (Latest EPL standings)
City remain third but they are now only three points adrift of Liverpool, crucially with a game in hand and a vastly superior goal difference, and one behind second placed Chelsea.
Pellegrini's team know that, whatever Liverpool and Chelsea do in their last two matches, City will be crowned champions for the second time in three years if they win their final three fixtures at Everton next Saturday and then at home against Aston Villa and West Ham -- providing they maintain their goal difference advantage over Liverpool.