Manchester City are the most talented team in England and will come out on top in the Premier League title race this year, insists Patrick Vieira.
The club's Football Development Executive knows a thing or two about what it takes to win the domestic crown, having won the title on three occasions during his time with Arsenal.
Vieira is confident that Roberto Mancini's side boasts enough talent to see off the challenge from local rivals Manchester United, and maintain their hard-fought lead at the top of the table.
"What is important is, I think, that as a team we are better than United," the Frenchman told City'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 the league. As a club it's quite new for us to be in this situation.
"But we have players with experience, we have a manager with the experience, we have the desire to do it, and the focus is there.
"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."
After twice achieving the League and FA Cup double with Arsenal in 1998 and 2002, Vieira sees some similarities between the self-belief and team spirit that was instilled in Arsene Wenger's squad and the feelings that are now growing in the Etihad Stadium camp.
The 35-year-old - who hung up his boots at the end of last season - also feels the consistency of key players within the Manchester City squad will be crucial during the end of season run-in.
"We've got the best goalkeeper in the league – maybe in Europe," he continued. "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, and Yaya has also been fantastic for us. Gareth Barry is playing the best football he has every 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."
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