Roberto Mancini believes his Manchester City side can recover like a 'top team' and get their bid to win the Premier League title back on track.

City slipped behind Manchester United on Sunday, after falling to a surprise 1-0 defeat against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

It was the second time City had lost in three days - having been beaten by a solitary goal against Sporting in Lisbon during the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie.

Such a blip has been uncharacteristic for City this season, and they had enjoyed a period of six months at the summit of the Premier League table.

Mancini, though, has told his players not to 'cry' and to overcome this minor blip - starting with victory over Sporting Lisbon at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday evening.

"Against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and Swansea City we did not play very good games," he said in the pre-match press conference on Wednesday.

"We did not play like Manchester City usually play. I think we need to play better, and sometimes if you are unlucky in this game, you can lose.

"Now we cannot cry, now is the time to be strong and keep going. We are a top team and we can recover.

"We are one point behind Manchester United and we have ten games, and we can change it if we want.

"I prefer to stay at the top (of the table), but we were there for six months and 28 games, Now we are behind but it is important to be there at the end of the season.

"We are disappointed about the defeat against Swansea but now we are focused on Sporting Lisbon."

Following the encounter with Sporting tomorrow, City are not in domestic action until the following Wednesday - by which time Manchester United could be four points clear at the top of the table.

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