Roberto Mancini’s men slipped further behind their local rivals Manchester United last weekend after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke City, before the Red Devils sealed victory over Fulham.
City trail the defending champions by three points but have the superior goal difference – and with United set to travel to the Etihad Stadium on 30 April, the winger is adamant the Eastlands outfit will pip United to the title.
“There’s been a lot of talk about the title race and who will come out on top, but nothing has really changed because if we can win all our games, we’ll be champions,” Johnson told City’s website.
“If we were four or five points behind Manchester United, it would be different and we’d be relying on other teams, but that’s not the case. We’re one win behind and they have still got to come to our place.”
City will look to move level on points with United, who play at Blackburn on Monday, by beating Sunderland to Eastlands on Saturday.
The Black Cats grabbed a dramatic, last-gasp 1-0 win over Mancini’s men on New Year’s Day – and Johnson admits that defeat came as a sickening blow.
“That defeat was hard to take because we played really well, dominated the match but the ball just wouldn’t go in the net for us,” said Johnson.
“I don’t think they had any shots of note during the game and then they nick it right at the death, so that’s certainly in the back of our minds going into this game.
“I’m sure they won’t be looking forward to coming to our ground. We’ve been fantastic on our own patch and we feel we can beat anyone so we’ll be looking to make it 21 Premier League wins in a row against them.”
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