Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has urged his team to keep picking up points to pile the pressure on title-rivals Manchester United.
The Citizens now find themselves 12 points behind United at the top of the table following their 1-0 win over Aston Villa, and despite City’s slim odds of retaining their Premier League title, Mancini believes anything is possible in the remaining 10 games of the season.
"Twelve points is a lot but it's not finished,” the Italian told Sky Sports.
"For us it was important to stay 12 points behind United and with 10 games left you never say never.
“We just have to keep on winning and you never know, this is football.
"Last year nobody thought it was possible, but 12 points in 10 games...if they lose four it could happen."
The City boss also added that he is surprised by Villa’s current position at the foot of the table after an underperforming season, and explained that the defending champions had to work hard to secure all three points against Paul Lambert’s side.
"For me, Aston Villa are a good team and it is strange they're at the bottom.
“It was difficult, but it was a good performance from us."