Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted that his club can still snag the Premiership crown from out of the grasp of Manchester United, despite United being 5 points ahead of them.
United will face QPR at home on Sunday (April 8) before City take on much more formidable opponents Arsenal later in the afternoon. If United defeat QPR (which many rightly believe that they will) they will take a lengthy 8 point lead ahead of their Manchester rivals, but Mancini believes that his team can still take the trophy at the end of the season.
Speaking to The Sun he said: "It will be more difficult (if United take the 8 point lead) but it's my opinion that this championship is not finished." When asked if City could pull the Premier League trophy back from United, he responded with a simple "why not?"
"It's possible," he added. "If they win all their games then congratulations, they deserve it.
"But with seven games to the end, anything can happen. Like we dropped four points in two games, this is also possible for them."
However, Mancini conceded that a loss against Arsenal on Sunday would bring an end to his club's Premiership campaign, saying: "'If we lose against Arsenal and they beat QPR, then yes (we will lose the Premiership)."
City had a 2 point lead at the start of last month, but a surprising defeat at Swansea and draws against underdogs Stoke and Sunderland have allowed United to sneak past them to the top of the league. Manchester United veteran defender Rio Ferdinand is confident of his club's ability to lift the trophy, but has echoed Mancini's view that the season isn't yet over, saying: "Everyone is saying our run-in looks easier, but we've got to play our next three games against teams fighting to stay in the Premier League.
"We're in a position where we'd like to be at this stage of the season, but it's not over. There are a lot of games to be played before the trophy's handed out. We have to apply ourselves in the right way before each match. Hopefully if we do that then we'll lift the trophy.
"You can have a great run and then suffer a dip in form. Our minds are on winning each game and not thinking beyond that. I know it's a cliche and it's boring, but that's just the way it is. The next game is the most important. We have to keep ticking off boxes by winning the games."