Roberto Mancini admitted that it will be "hard" for Manchester City to win the Premier League title after being held to a 3-3 draw to Sunderland, despite a fightback that saw them claw their way back from 3-1 down in the final 10 minutes.
City could fall five points behind leaders Manchester United tonight if the Red Devils win at Blackburn Rovers.
He told reporters: "It's hard (to win the title), but it depends on Monday then we have another seven games.
"Like we made some mistakes in the last game, United can also arrive at a difficult moment. Before the derby, it's important that we recover two points."