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Manchester City players only have themselves to blame if they miss out on Champions League football next season, according to Bacary Sagna.
City have managed just one win in their last four Premier League games and Sunday's 2-2 draw with Arsenal means Manchester United will secure a top-four finish at the expense of their nearest rivals if they win their final two games of the season.
Manuel Pellegrini's side were the hot favourites to be crowned champions after winning their first five league matches without conceding a goal, but they have struggled for consistency in the second half of the season and Sagna believes the players must accept responsibility for the way the campaign has panned out.
"It's very disappointing, especially the way we started the season. We are to blame. We had everything in our hands to be the best and I believe if we play like we did against Arsenal we are the best team - but we have to play like this all season," Sagna said.
City have been in the top four since the opening day of the season but they will drop to fifth if United defeat West Ham on Tuesday night.
"We gave a lot. Of course we're not perfect, of course we could have done better but for me we deserve to be in the Champions League," he stated.
United face a tough test at West Ham with the game the last to be staged at Upton Park before the move to the Olympic Stadium and Sagna is hoping the Hammers can do them a favour.
"We can still make it happen. First of all we're going to have to recover. After that we have to work well during the week and make sure we get the three points at Swansea. And after that we're going to see what are the results of United," the Franc international said.
"I'm sure [West Ham] are going to be giving the maximum because they will want to qualify for the Europa League.
"West Ham is a quality team especially at home. They managed to beat big teams this season, they managed to do well at home so maybe that can win the game, which would be good for us.
"United are right behind so we're going to have to win at Swansea."