Manchester: Vincent Kompany insists Manchester City's title hopes are still alive, despite their disappointing defeat to Arsenal.
City will fall eight points behind English Premier League leaders Chelsea next week if they follow up their loss to Arsenal with another reverse at Stamford Bridge.
Manuel Pellegrini's men rarely looked like a team capable of winning the title on Sunday, but Kompany thinks it would be foolish to write his team's chances off just yet.
In fact, the skipper thinks the result could actually help City's chances of winning the league as he thinks the players will be even more determined to beat Chelsea in what is already being billed as a 'title decider'.
"In theory it should be better for us now because we will definitely be more fired up for that (match)," the City captain said.
"We have always been great in games like this so I'm actually looking forward to it."
City moved level with Chelsea over the Christmas period but draws against Everton and Burnley have proved costly for Pellegrini's side.