LONDON - Manchester City galvanised their grip on second place in the Premier League and trimmed Manchester United's lead back to 12 points with a 2-0 victory at home to nearest rivals Chelsea on Sunday.
After Chelsea's Frank Lampard had seen a penalty saved by England colleague Joe Hart, City prevailed through a pair of fine second-half goals from man-of-the-match Yaya Toure and substitute Carlos Tevez.
"We can't think that it (the title race) is finished with 11 games to go," said City manager Roberto Mancini.
"It's not my mentality or my players' mentality and we need to play like today. Both goals were fantastic."
Although City's chances of retaining their league title remain decidedly slender, they now have a seven-point advantage over Chelsea, who could slip to fourth if Tottenham Hotspur overcome West Ham United on Monday.
"When you lose, you have to be disappointed and this game was important for us because we could have been closer to Man City, but we cannot give up," said Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez.
"We have to fight for the top four because Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are close behind."
Both Mancini and Benitez flooded their sides with midfielders at the Etihad Stadium, while Benitez opted to leave John Terry and Fernando Torres on the bench.
In the day's other game, Newcastle edged relegation rivals Southampton 4-2 in a topsy-turvy game at St James' Park that took Alan Pardew's side six points clear of the bottom three.
In honour of their growing French contingent, Newcastle had dubbed the day 'French Day', handing out berets to their supporters and playing the French national anthem prior to kick-off.