'Chelsea still the best'
Roberto Mancini claimed Chelsea will still win the Premier League title, despite seeing his Manchester City side hand the London club their first defeat of the season.
The defending champions, winners of their five opening league games, were defeated 1-0 at Eastlands thanks to a second half goal from City's new captain and Argentina international forward Carlos Tevez.
The result came just 24 hours after City manager Mancini had claimed Chelsea would win the title "easily" although the result did nothing to alter the Italian's prediction.
"Chelsea are still the best team in the Premier League and probably they will still win the title," he said.
"It's not possible for them to score four or five goals every game and sometimes they will have days like today. I know that.
"For us, it is important we stay focused and think of the next game. We are without a lot of important players at the moment because they are injured.
"We must continue to work hard every game and not think, because we have won this one game, that everything is okay.
"But this should help us work better and realise that if everyone works hard, anything is possible."
The victory by English football's wealthiest club came at the end of a frustrating week in which they had exited the League Cup at West Brom.
City have also had setbacks in the league, losing at Sunderland and dropping home points against Blackburn.
"This is football and this is why football is a fantastic sport," said Mancini. "We deserved to win at Sunderland, we deserved to win against Blackburn but instead we lost and drew."