Manchester City coach Brian Kidd says the club still has to believe it can snatch the Premier League title from Manchester United while the feat remains mathematically possible.
City kept within touching distance of the league leaders with a late goal against Wigan on Wednesday night to keep the club 13 points off United with a game in hand.
Kidd believes the side – which will also contest the FA Cup final against the Latics on May 11 – has the players in the squad to turn its fortunes around and wants them to believe they can achieve a domestic double.
"Listen, we’re champions. We’re champions and we want to fight until the end. I think it would be poor if we thought it was all over," Kidd told Goal.com. "It's possible we can win the league. It could turn out to be a great season for Manchester City. We could win the league and we could win the cup. What a great season.
"Whether you're playing good, bad or indifferent, we've got match-winners in our side and I don't just mean the flair players."
Manchester United found itself in a similar position of authority in the league table last year but an upturn in form allowed City to take advantage and claim its first top-flight domestic title for over fourty years.
And while Kidd remains clear that the title is United’s to lose, he hopes his side can take inspiration from last seasons’ triumph should their rivals feel the pressure again this time around.
He continued: "To drop eight points in six games – nobody thought that could have happened this time last year but it did. There are stranger things in football.
"Nobody knows. Until it is mathematically certain there is hope there and belief. The title is not over yet until it is mathematically finished,” he then told reporters. "It is United's to lose but make no mistake, there will be some jittery moments with what happened last year. It was a bad experience for them and they will be shocked by it."