Two points clear at the top of the Premier League and a goal advantage leading into the second leg against FC Porto in the Europa Cup. Things seem to be going according to plan for Manchester City.
It's success built on hard-work at the Etihad Stadium, and midfielder Nigel De Jong knows that three points and silverware are the main priorities rather than glamorous performances week in, week out..
Indeed, the Dutchman reiterated the point by suggesting that Roberto Mancini's side are not afraid to win 'ugly' when it matters.
The 27 year old said: "In the last few games we have proved that we now have another way of winning, by grinding out results.
"If we win 1-0 until the end of the season we'll finish top."
De Jong was speaking out after United veteran Ryan Giggs admitted the blue half on Manchester are favourites to clinch the title, but must handle the pressures to become champions ahead of their local rivals.
"I think in most people's eyes they're favourites because they're top of the league, and because of the quality they've got, and the football they played early-season," said Giggs.
"It's just down to which team handles it best."
City are looking to win their first top tier league title since 1968, with De Jong among many confident they can handle the pressures of top spot. The Citizens are also favourites to win Europe's second tier competition, after December's disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League
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