Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is targeting six points over the Christmas period, but believes that his side is firmly in the race for the Premier League title.
City were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal on Monday and they now trail the Gunners by four points on the Premier League standings and leaders Leicester City by six.
City will face Sunderland on Saturday before going up against Leicester City in a crucial match on Tuesday.
"We are in this moment in third, four points against [behind] Arsenal and six points against Leicester," Pellegrini told reporters.
"We must play against Leicester on the 29th so it's very important to win these two games to finish the first round [of fixtures this season].
"The important thing is to be involved at the end of January, then try and win the title in the remainder of the season.
"We have to try to focus game by game – the next is Sunderland, we try to beat them at home which is never an easy game. Then we think about Leicester. We lost important points against Arsenal – a game of six points – but it was not a decisive game as I said before the match. You never win the title in December.”