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The 29-year-old says he is just as impressed by the work ethic of the Premier League leaders as by their depth of talent after Saturday’s five-goal thriller at Loftus Road

QPR striker Jay Bothroyd has revealed he considers Manchester City to be comfortably the best side he has faced this season.

City beat Rangers 3-2 at Loftus Road on Saturday, but not before being forced to show their steel by an all-action display from their newly promoted hosts.

Bothroyd, who scored QPR’s first goal in the match, feels it the work rate he saw from Roberto Mancini’s men in that contest, as much as the immense quality they have at their disposal, which marks them out as the best team in the country at the moment.

"They are definitely the best side," he told reporters. "They have the best players. But it is more than just ability.

"They have an abundance of that but names alone don't make a great team. It is the work ethic as well.

"They have a world-class bench. God knows how many millions that cost, and they are improving.

"They have been in top form all season. They hammered Manchester United, are scoring goals pretty freely and generally, they keep it tight at the back."

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