Mancini: City can win Prem this year

Roberto Mancini believes winning the Premier League is a ‘realistic’ target for Manchester City this season after they won 3-0 at Wolves.

Two goals from Carlos Tevez and a superb free-kick from Javier Garrido helped City close the gap on Chelsea to 10 points as they built on the 4-3 win over Sunderland in the last match of the Mark Hughes era and Saturday’s 2-0 home success over Stoke.

Mancini insists he will not look at the league table for a couple of months but is refusing to rule out a title tilt. The Italian said: "Now is not the time to look at our league position. We will just play one game at a time and then we will look at the table in two months.

"Can we win the league? All is realistic. We have another 18 games to go so all is possible because we have a good team.

"If we stay concentrated always it is possible with the players we have.

"Also, if we don’t play it (the ball) wrong and adopt a short passing game, I think we can arrive in the top four of the Premier League."

Mancini was full of praise for striker Craig Bellamy, who caused Wolves constant problems alongside Tevez. Bellamy had been a big admirer of Hughes but Mancini is hoping the Wales international will stay at Eastlands. He added: "Craig Bellamy is a strong character, a good player. It would be better if he stayed with us.

"I have had difficult players but I have played for 20 years and I know very well about good players so there are no problems."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy saw his side slump to a second defeat in 72 hours after the loss at Liverpool, but was happy with his side’s overall performance.

McCarthy also refused to comment on his apparent anger at Bellamy not being given offside ahead of City’s second goal from Javier Garrido. He said: "I’m not going to comment on it. It might cost me a few quid if I do. I will just put what I think in my report.

"But in terms of our performance, I thought the final scoreline was very harsh. I thought we played well tonight.

"I know that sounds ridiculous when you’ve lost 3-0 but we played as well with the ball as we have done for a long time.

"In the first half we were excellent and in the second half, up until the second goal, we were giving them problems.

"But, if you had said after the Birmingham game a month ago that we would have the points we have got now (19), then we would all be happy.

"We weren’t really expected to get points from sides in the top six and we have to pick up points against the teams we are expected to pick up points from."