Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has admitted he can see rivals Manchester United making the same mistakes as his side, as the Premier League title race continues to hot up.
The Citizens themselves held a healthy lead at the top of the table for a number of months, but a couple of slip ups, combined with a decent run of form from a resilient United side who have been there and done it, saw the Red Devils leapfrog their ‘noisy neighbors’.
However, having held an eight point lead at one stage, United have been pegged back to just a three point margin ahead of the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Monday with the premier league betting struggling to separate the two great rivals.
It’s not hard to see the similarities in United recent dip in form to the one suffered by the rivals just across the city, with neither team seemingly happy to have the pressure of being the soccer betting favourites.
The likeness has not passed Zabaleta by and the Argentine international, who has been an important figure in the City squad this season, believes the tables might just have turned once again.
He told the club’s official website: "We've never stopped believing in ourselves, but to be honest, after the Arsenal defeat I thought our chance had probably gone.
"We've been five points clear before so we know how it feels, but United losing against Wigan and dropping points at home to Everton shows that in football you have to believe, because you just never know.
"If we have another chance for the title, it's because we deserve it. We've kept going and we will continue to do that and see what happens.”