Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has played down the title chances of Tottenham Hotspur ahead of this weekend's eagerly anticipated clash.
The two sides meet at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with Spurs looking to avenge their 5-1 defeat to the Citizens in the opening weeks of the season at White Hart Lane.
A run of fine form has moved Harry Redknapp's side back into contention for the title however, with five points now separating the north London outfit with the Barclays Premier League leaders.
Whilst victory would move Tottenham within striking distance of Roberto Mancini's side, Lescott has played down their opponent's chances, insisting Manchester United are the real threat to their title challenge.
"We know if we win on Sunday it would open up a gap between us and them," said Lescott ahead of the clash.
"But no disrespect to Spurs, our main rivals are Manchester United. They are second in the league and our focus should always be on the team immediately behind us.
"As much as the points on Sunday are vital because of the gap to Spurs, they will be more important to pull away from Manchester United."
The England defender was also able to laugh-off suggestions that City were cracking under pressure, with their illustrious neighbours looming large in the league table.
After a loss to Sunderland and two Cup defeats, questions were being asked over the genuine credentials of City this season, and Lescott is in no doubt that his teammates are up for the challenge.
"It has been funny. None of the boys thought we were cracking or something was going wrong. Then suddenly a big thing is made of it in the media," added the former Everton centre back.
"It was crazy. We sat there and thought: 'Wow, we must have arrived'. People were saying we weren't going to win the league and we are thinking: 'Hold on a minute, we have lost two cup games'.
"I don't think we are doing too badly."