Manchester City star Samir Nasri has admitted the reigning Premier League champions have little chance of retaining their crown at the current rate, as he believes rivals Chelsea are looking "unbeatable".
Nasri started in Manchester City's 2-1 victory over Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but Chelsea were in fine form dismissing West Brom 2-0 at Stamford Bridge and maintaining their lead at the top of the table.
"[Chelsea] look unbeatable at the moment"
It meant Jose Mourinho's side have avoided defeat in their first 12 games of the season, which is a club record. The Blues have been in dominating form since the season started, with summer signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa dominating proceedings.
City came from a goal behind in the victory over Swansea and Nasri acknowledged Manuel Pellegrini's side can ill afford to drop any more points, as doing so could see their rivals disappear into the distance if they carry on playing as they are at the moment.
"It was important to keep in touch with Chelsea, who look unbeatable at the moment. It was really important to win the game," he told reporters after the game.
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Wilfried Bony opened the scoring for the Welsh side inside ten minutes, which had fans in attendance worried a repeat of some recent disappointing results was on the cards. However, Stevan Jovetic levelled things ten minutes later, before Yaya Toure made the crucial contribution with a little under half an hour remaining.
A vital win, but a scrappy one for City and in great contrast to the masterclass that was being out on by Chelsea during the first half in west London. Jose Mourinho was so delighted he described it as possible the best half of football the home fans have ever seen.
"I don't remember seeing football of that dimension many times at Stamford Bridge," Mourinho told BBC Sport.
"In the first half we played amazingly well. For me, an amazing first half. We played really, really well."
Goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes and if that did not end any prospect of a competitive fixture, Claudio Yacob seeing red around the half hour mark for a reckless tackle certainly did.
Theirs to Lose?
The results meant Chelsea maintained their eight-point lead of Manchester City, but it is Southampton who are closest to them in second, only seven points behind with a game in hand. Despite this impressive early season Saints form, most still expect the final stages of this season to be a race between the two bigger clubs.