Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City can still win the title as they prepare for Sunday's tough trip to Arsenal.
City go into the game with the Gunners five points behind rivals Manchester United with seven games to play.
But with a Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium still to come later this month, City only need United to drop points in one game to regain control of their title destiny - providing they win games themselves.
While Mancini conceded this week that defeat at Arsenal, coupled with a United victory over QPR, would effectively condemn City to the runners-up spot, it is not a thought he is entertaining.
He said: "We can't think this now. We should think we can win the title - seven games to the end, with one derby to play at home. I think we can win this title.
"Last year we did 71 points - now we are at 71 with seven games left.
"I think we should do the maximum we can do in seven games and then after we will see."
Arsenal were beaten at relegation-threatened QPR last time after winning their previous seven league games.
Mancini sees the Gunners' defeat to the Hoops as a mere blip and believes City, who drew with Sunderland last time, will need to be at their best to win and keep the pressure on United.
He added: "It was a surprise for me, I didn't think this - Arsenal played the last seven games and they won all that they played. QPR probably did a good game.
"Sunday for us will be a difficult game, playing against a top squad like Arsenal.
"But we should play our game, we should play well, not like against Sunderland. If we play better we can do well."