Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has challenged his teammates to win every match between now and the end of the season to give themselves the best possible chance of retaining the Premier League title.
However, despite the deficit, Hart has described the task in hand as "a good challenge" for Roberto Mancini's team.
"We've got to be confident," the keeper told the club's official website. "There's no point turning up otherwise. We have got to win every game now and look not to drop any points, and it is a good challenge for us."
Next up for City is a trip to Southampton on Saturday evening.