Platt: Forget Liverpool and United defeats… City have what it takes to land title
Manchester City assistant manager David Platt is certain the Blues have what it takes to win the Barclays Premier League this season.
Major question marks are being asked about City for the first time this season after successive home defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool.
With their lead at the top of the Premier League also being closed down, City head to Wigan on Monday night with a major point to prove.
Yet Platt has no doubts over the Blues' durability.
Strength in depth: Platt is confident the team can maintain their title challenge
And he feels last season's FA Cup triumph has proved the self-belief to know success can be achieved no matter what outsiders might say.
'Do you go up and down with results Yes,' he said. 'I was down the other night. Everyone is disappointed because we have lost a home game that makes reaching the Carling Cup final difficult.
'But is this group of players capable of winning by two goals at Anfield All season it has shown us that it is.
'This is a team that won last year. Winning the FA Cup will help. It has given us the knowledge that we can win and the desire to win more.
'There is always something else to look forward to. Pressure is what you create yourself, I just know we have a team full of ability.'
Unfortunately for City, the team is not quite as full as manager Roberto Mancini would like it to be at present.
Yaya and Kolo Toure are away on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast, skipper Vincent Kompany is suspended and Mario Balotelli is a doubt for the trip to Wigan.
It has presented problems Mancini's players have struggled to find answers to, although Platt admitted they are not exactly unexpected.
'We have had a very good run of injuries and suspensions,' he said. 'We had more or less everyone on the training pitch for a significant period of time.
Waiting game: City are in training ahead of the Monday kick-off with Wigan
'Vincent has had an exceptional season but you can't expect someone to play every game. You know these things come about.
'But Roberto has to deal with the players who are available. He is not sat there worrying at night about those who aren't.'
With Tottenham due at the Etihad Stadium next Sunday, Platt knows exactly what City will be facing this week if they fail in their victory quest at Wigan.
After taking a stranglehold on the Premier League for so long, having that grip prised away brings about its own pressure, which Platt is keen to shield the City players from.
'We will have to live with intense situations and pressure for the next four months because I believe we will win enough matches to remain in the mix,' said Platt.
'But that pressure is created outside your little bubble. We just have to understand what is inside our building and we don't live the rest of it as much as people might think.
'Every time we go into a football match, we try to win it without worrying about other people's results because unless we get to a certain total, it is irrelevant.
'Nothing creates a diversion. We have to win matches. That is it.'
Bouncing back City suffered defeats in their last two games to United (above) and Liverpool (below)