Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is confident they can overhaul rivals Manchester United and retain their Barclays Premier League title.
The Toure brothers returned to Manchester this week after a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations where they were beaten by an unfancied Nigeria in the quarter-finals.
Roberto Mancini will be disappointed with how the team did in their absence; despite being unbeaten, draws against Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool in their last two games saw United stretch their lead at the summit of the league table to nine points.
However, after their unlikely comeback from eight points down with only six to play last year, the former Barcelona man believes, with 13 games left this campaign, the Citizens have enough time to track down their rivals.
"We are further behind than we'd like, of course, but all we need to do is think about last season to know what is possible," the 29-year-old told the clubs official website.
"My friends are all here and are happy to see me and we are like a family or brothers who will all fight together - and that is a very important thing to have.
"United have a strong squad and, on paper, they have an easier run in than we do but the title race is a long way from finished.
"It only takes a couple of results to go our way and we're right back in it - I'm sure we'll come back."
City play Southampton on Saturday and with the chance to cut the lead to just seven ahead of the Red Devils tie with Everton on Sunday.