Pablo Zabaleta: 'We can't afford further slip-ups'

Pablo Zabaleta celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers on May 13, 2012.
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Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta feels that his side can't afford to fall further behind in the Premier League title race in their clash against Manchester United.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has insisted that his side can't afford any more slip-ups in the race for the Premier League title ahead of the Manchester derby.

Manuel Pellegrini's side trail leaders Chelsea by six points after nine games this season, and the Argentine is adamant that City have to beat Manchester United as they must not allow the gap to the Blues to widen.

"I think, on Sunday, it is about more than just three points and winning that game," Zabaleta told The Mirror.

"If we win it means we can get the confidence back - and that's something we need at the moment. We cannot drop points because of the race with Chelsea.

"We must be more consistent as a team. Individual performances have not been great this season and when you don't play well as a team, it's difficult collectively. We must put that right on Sunday."

City face off against the Red Devils at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Who will win the Manchester derby?

Manchester City
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Pablo Zabaleta celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers on May 13, 2012.
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