Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini has hailed Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as the 'top manager in the world' ahead of derby showdown at Eastlands.
Mancini's men will move level on points with United with a victory, but the Italian is aware that the game will be a tough encounter.
He told reporters:"I think that they know that we are now a strong team.
"We have respect for United and Ferguson because he is the top manager in the world, but we understand that we can beat them now. I think it will be a good game.
"I think that Chelsea will win the Premier League, but I think that all the other teams that are near them can try to win it because the season is long and difficult.
"Our target must be the Champions League. At this moment we must just think game after game. We have United and we should only think about this game."