Roberto Mancini has hailed the resilience of his Manchester City side following the latest victory of a nigh on perfect start to the Barclays Premier League season.
City are still five points clear at the top of the table, having won 10 and drawn once in their 11 league fixtures so far this term.
The latest three points came courtesy of a narrow victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, as City triumphed 3-2 at Loftus Road.
Edin Dzeko, David Silva and Yaya Toure all found the net for City, after QPR had taken a surprise lead through Jay Bothroyd.
And Mancini was particularly satisfied after leaving the capital with maximum points, especially due to the 'impossible' fixture schedule that comes with fighting for glory both domestically and in Europe.
"When you play every three days, it is impossible, every game can be hard. QPR played very well but in the end it was important that we won," said the City boss.
"We had some problems with Samir (Nasri) before the game - his knee - and we can't take any more risks with him after so many games so it is better we did not need him because his knee is not good.
"It was hard in the second half, even though we played better and scored to make it 2-1.
"We had three or four chances to close the game, but when you don't close the game you take a risk because anything can happen."
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