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have swept Chelsea away, it is hard to be too crit­i­cal of City.

How­ever, there were echoes of the Euro­pean de­feat to Bay­ern Mu­nich in Septem­ber, when City were also the bet­ter side, only to crum­ble when the go­ing got tough.

On this oc­ca­sion, the Blues can jus­ti­fi­ably point to the fail­ure of ref Mark Clat­ten­burg to spot a clear trip on David Silva when they were ahead and on top, plus the dis­missal of Gael Clichy, as the ma­jor turn­ing points.

“If the Silva penalty had been awarded, the game was fin­ished,” said Mancini.

“Af­ter the send­ing off it was a dif­fer­ent match.” Clichy’s red end means the full-back will miss the chance to play against his former club at the week­end.

If Arse­nal can pull off vic­tory at the Eti­had they will only be six points be­hind City.

Gun­ners goal­keeper Wo­j­ciech Szczesny said: “It is very im­por­tant that we keep go­ing now. We be­lieve that we can win ev­ery game. City

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