Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini still believes Chelsea will win the Premier League title despite Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the champions.
City ended the table-toppers’ 100 per cent start to the new season as a Carlos Tevez goal earned the hosts all three points from a scrappy Eastlands encounter.
Before the match Mancini had raised eyebrows by suggesting that Chelsea would “easily” retain the title.
He suggested the Stamford Bridge club were still more likely than his expensively assembled side to finish the 38-game season on top of the table and Saturday’s hard-fought victory did little to persuade him otherwise.
“I still think they (Chelsea) will win it easily because I think they are the best team in the Premier League,” he said.
“Sometimes you might get a result like today. But they are the better team.”
Meanwhile, Mancini defended his decision to stifle Chelsea rather than go for goals at home.
He added:“It is not possible for them to score five goals every game.
“If Chelsea find space it is easy for them to score. But if they don’t have space it is too hard and our players defended very well.
“But we cannot think everything is okay just because we won this game.”