Joleon Lescott insists Tottenham are not Manchester City's biggest threat for the Premier League title ahead of Sunday's clash at Etihad Stadium, giving that claim instead to Manchester United.
Lescott and his team-mates will face third-placed Tottenham this weekend, as United tackle Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Tottenham, through Rafael van der Vaart, have been agitating against City throughout the past week, but Spurs' shock home draw with Wolves means they go into the game five points adrift, which leads Lescott to a simple conclusion.
"Tottenham have been talking us up but we haven't mentioned any other team," said Lescott. "We have just concentrated on our own performances and results.
"It is not deliberate to avoid the psychology. It is just something we have to do. We know if we win on Sunday it would open up a gap between us and them.
"But no disrespect to Spurs, our main rivals are Manchester United. They are second in the league and our focus should always be on the team immediately behind us.
"As much as the points on Sunday are vital because of the gap to Spurs, they will be more important to pull away from Manchester United."
After blazing a trail with their swashbuckling style for the first third of the season, Lescott found it rather amusing that Sunday's trip to Wigan was being billed as the acid test of City's title credentials. Their two previous successive defeats had come in cup competitions, but City were a club in freefall according to some, which came as a shock to Lescott and his team-mates.
"It has been funny," said Lescott. "None of the boys thought we were cracking or something was going wrong. Then suddenly a big thing is made of it in the media.
"It was crazy. We sat there and thought: `Wow, we must have arrived`. People were saying we weren't going to win the league and we are thinking: `Hold on a minute, we have lost two cup games'. I don't think we are doing too badly.''