Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes his side will take some stopping if they can emerge unscathed from the next two months.

The Barclays Premier League leaders face a test of their title credentials with tough fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal before Christmas. January provides three clashes against Liverpool - including the two-legged Carling Cup semi-final - a visit from Tottenham and the start of the FA Cup defence against arch-rivals Manchester United.

Mancini said: "We have done well but the season is long. Now we have two difficult games against Chelsea and Arsenal. I have said before the next two months will be important months."

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