Roberto Mancini has insisted that his Manchester City side can still retain their Premier League title.
However, despite the gap, Mancini insists that his City squad are capable of wining the trophy for a second season in succession.
"There are still 13 games until the end. No, [it is not over]. I think we can recover nine points," the Italian boss told Sky Sports News.
Next up for City is a trip to Southampton on Saturday evening.