David Moyes insists his Sunderland squad is "doing everything" they can to stay in the top flight - as he targets causing a Premier League shock.
The Black Cats are bottom of the Premier League, three points adrift of safety heading into Sunday's game with Manchester City at the Stadium of Light.
City are third, 11 points behind leaders Chelsea, and have not yet given up their title hopes.
A tough afternoon lies in store for Moyes and his Sunderland side but he is confident his players have what it takes to cause an upset.
"We've been fighting and we're in with a few teams," said Moyes at his pre-match press conference.
"What we're trying to do is build, but first and foremost stay in the Premier League.
"The players are doing everything they can - in training and in games - to stay in the Premier League.
"If they keep doing that we'll have a great chance.
"You have to have two or three different game plans because Manchester City can play in many ways with many different players.
"Against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur we played well and we have to do that again.
"We'll have to win one or two of these games against the big sides in the run-in, so why not this one.
"You never know in the Premier League. Man City have a busy programme and they have to come up here with a lot of other games on the horizon.
"We're desperate to get three points."
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