Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has told his players their win over Chelsea counts for nothing if they fail to beat Aston Villa on Monday.
The champions have responded well since a dismal defeat at Southampton all but ended their hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League crown last month.
City thrashed Leeds in the FA Cup and deservedly overcame then third-placed Chelsea 2-0 but leaders Manchester United remain in complete control of title race.
Mancini's men next travel to struggling Villa knowing any they cannot afford to let the intensity drop.
The Italian said: "For us, it will be important. If we don't beat Aston Villa, it is like we didn't do anything against Chelsea.
"For this reason it is important to beat Aston Villa and afterwards continue to go.
"The season is not finished. It is impossible we can think it is finished now.
"There are 11 games to the finish. It is our job to play all the games 100 per cent and try to win always."
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