Sunday’s win at Fulham means the blues have reached the point where there is no going back. From hereon in, it’s all or nothing as City make their final push to be the first team since Everton in 2004 to crack the monopoly of the top four.
All season, City have been around the top seven in the Premier League, regularly swapping places with Spurs, Villa and Liverpool in what has become a huge battle for fourth place and now they have an opportunity to show a return for the heavy investment made in the team and we are in a very good position to qualify for Europe by either one of two routes.
A win on Wednesday will put us firmly in pole position to take the final place in the Champions League but any slip between now and the final game against West Ham could end our dreams and instead settle for the Europa League.
Some may argue that Spurs are still favourites to take fourth spot regardless of our game in hand and it was even suggested this morning that the current league standings have an end-of-season look. But they still have to play the top three in successive games as well as visit Eastlands in the penultimate game of the season.
But regardless of what happens between now and the end of the season, City have showed exactly what they can do. They have showed they can compete with the best and maintain a home form that has yet to see us beaten in front of our own fans. They have set out their stall to be one of the best in the league and that they are ready to compete for major honours.
Gone are the days of looking over our shoulder at the teams below us. Gone are the times when we have had to calculate how many points we need to be safe from relegation. Instead we are looking up and clawing our way up the table and now we are in a good position we have got to stay here permanently.
Now, there is no going back.
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