Tuesday 21 February 2012
Manchester City's Football Development Executive Patrick Vieira believes Roberto Mancini's side have what it takes to win the Barclays Premier League in May.
Vieira, who took up his role with the club after retiring as a player at the end of last season, says City are the best team in the division.
He has experience of winning English football's top honour having helped Arsenal to three title triumphs in the 1997/98, 2001/02 and 2003/04 seasons.
"When you look at our team, and look at Man Utd's, the fact is that we are better"
- Patrick Vieira
And the 35-year-old has backed Mancini and his players to hold off the challenge of the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham to win their first title since the Premier League began in 1992.
"What is important is, I think, that as a team we are better than United," the Frenchman told the club's official website. "It's in our hands to win the title.
"When you look at our team and how we played since the start of the season, and you look at how United have played since the start of the season, the fact is that we are better.
"But they know how to win. Sir Alex Ferguson knows the League better than anybody else, they win titles year after year. They know what to do to win it. As a club it's quite new for us to be in this situation.
"At Arsenal we believed in ourselves. Our self-belief was really high, maybe some people will say that was arrogance, but it was just self-belief."
City are two points ahead of United going into the final 13 matches of the season, and Vieira reckons the quality in Mancini's squad will see them through to the end.
"We've got the best goalkeeper in the League - maybe in Europe," he added. "I believe Joe Hart is up there with Iker Casillas and Manuel Neuer as the best in the world.
"Our back four is working really hard for each other. We have one of the best players in the world in David Silva, Yaya Toure has been fantastic and Gareth Barry is playing the best football he has ever played.
"I believe we have the team to win the League. We are strong enough. They are a young team who are ambitious. Every ingredient is there to do it."
City's next Barclays Premier League fixture sees them entertain 17th-placed Blackburn at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 25th February.