Assistant manager Brian Kidd accepts people may think he is "daft" - but he believes Manchester City can still retain their Barclays Premier League crown.
City have long seemed out of contention in the title race and manager Roberto Mancini appeared genuine when he publicly conceded defeat to Manchester United last month.
Even after beating their rivals at Old Trafford last week and then seeing them held to a draw by West Ham, United look well out of reach.
City do have a game in hand on United, who have just five to play, but the runaway leaders still hold a 13-point advantage.
It seems the unlikeliest of longshots for City but Kidd, remembering the club's dramatic late charge last season, remains ever the optimist.
The 62-year-old, who has played and coached at both City and United, said: "We are champions and we want to fight until the end.
"We have to accumulate as many points as we can. We have to take pride in that.
"We go on every day, we have not given up.
"It is Man Utd's to lose but this time last year - the gaffer must have thought I was daft because I kept going about it - I said they will drop points.
"I've experienced that over the years, losing titles on the last day of the season and the next week going to Wembley for the double.
"Until it is mathematically certain, there is hope there and belief.
"It can happen. It sounds daft but it could be a great season."
"Until it is mathematically certain, there is hope there and belief" - Brian Kidd
Kidd was speaking on Mancini's behalf has fulfilled media duties ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham.
With Spurs still in contention for the Champions League places, the match could be a stern test for City, who have not fully secured second place.
Kidd knows the team may have to grind out another result, much as they did in midweek against Wigan.
After their monumental efforts against United, and in the FA Cup semi-final win over Chelsea last weekend, City were below par on Wednesday but won with a brilliant late Carlos Tevez goal.
Kidd said: "You only have to see Wigan on Wednesday, they played superbly well, played terrific, and a lot of people said we didn't deserve to get anything out of the game.
"But when you look at our squad we have got lots of match-winners, no matter whether they are playing good, bad or indifferent."
The match has been given added spice by comments from Spurs' former City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who claims his old team-mates could turn on each other if things go badly.
But Kidd said: "With respect to Ade, if he has come out with that, Ade has not been around for the last couple of years and the boss has put silverware on the sideboard in that time.
"So I hope they carry on fighting and arguing. If you want a fight and a confrontation, you can have it every day in a football club."
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