Manchester: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has insisted the he is “satisfied” with the performance of manager Roberto Mancini and the players this season.
The Blues were in pole position for six months from September onwards, but a run of just two wins from five matches during March allowed rivals Manchester United to leapfrog them into first place.
City face their local rivals in the Manchester derby on April 30, with victory enough to take Mancini’s men above the reigning champions due to their superior goal difference.
However, despite not giving up hope just yet, Mansour has insisted even a trophyless season would leave him “very happy” with those involved on a day-to-day basis at the club after an improved campaign from last year.
"The difference is three points and we do have a chance," Sheikh Mansour told Abu Dhabi TV. "But whatever happens and even if we don't win, I am very happy and satisfied with the players, the team and the management. They have performed very well and have improved in their last few matches."
City trailed their local rivals by eight points after their defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates but United's shock 1-0 loss against Wigan and Sunday's 4-4 draw at Old Trafford against Everton has set up a thrilling showdown at the Etihad on Monday.