Boss Roberto Mancini admits Manchester City probably have to win their 10 remaining games if they are to have any chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title.
They cut the gap to leaders Manchester United to 12 points as Carlos Tevez scored the only goal against Aston Villa on Monday night but Mancini knows his side face an uphill battle to reel in Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
The Italian said: "It is difficult because we have 30 points to play for and we need to try to win. At the end, we will see what happens. In football everything can happen right up to the last second. We probably need to win all 10 matches that are left. We need to win all the matches."
He added: "If they (United) lose three or four or five games.....it is difficult because they are too strong for this.
"When you have to win always, it is difficult to win every game. But last year we did this. Why can't we do it this year?"