Roberto Mancini: "It is normal when you play against Real Madrid in the Champions League you can lose your strength.
"So I support Manchester United to go through in the Champions League.
"Manchester United have done better than us this season because they won a lot of games.
"They have nine points more than us.
"But if we can recover eight points in six games, recovering nine in 13 games will be easy.
"I never remember the title race being finished 10 or 13 games before the end.
"Three years ago Chelsea were nine points behind at one point. By the time they played at Old Trafford two or three games from the end, they were only three points behind.
"In the end, if Manchester United win all their games from now to the end of the season, they deserve to win.
"But I am sure we have another chance.
"It is important we are there, on the top and fighting for the title every year.
"If another team is better than you, you should accept it.
"But I don't think anyone has played better than us over the last two years.
"Manchester United are a strong team, so are Chelsea but in the last two years Manchester City is the team that played better in the Premier League.
"We are unlucky because we lost players in January to the African Nations Cup.
"But last year no one believed we could win the title and in the end we won. This year could be the same."