Manchester City coach Brian Kidd is confident the players won't allow the season to end with a whimper.
Kidd has warned FA Cup rivals Leeds United, and City’s 12 remaining league opponents, that he has sensed a mood of wanting to put things right among the players at Carrington this week.
“There is a mood of determination,” said Kidd. “It’s a 12-point gap but we have to go to Old Trafford and there’s a chance of picking up three points there.
“With 12 games to go it will be tough, we are not kidding ourselves, but there is no way we are conceding the title now.
“People seem to think we have given up and that the priority is the Cup. Far from it.
“What has happened this season hasn’t surprised me, from my experience of football of winning things and losing things – this season was always going to be a different challenge.
“But we are the champions and it’s about how we finish from now until the end of the season. We have to fight like hell and work like hell for the last 12 games. Great champions don’t lose their titles sitting on a stool.”