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Mancini: Chelsea will win the Premier League

Manchester City manager Robert Mancini has conceded the Premier League title to Chelsea even though the current season is only five games old.

'Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League at the moment,' the Italian said. 'They are probably going to win the Premier League title easily.'

'They are a strong team, who have been playing together for many years. They have a fantastic manager and they have worked to reach this situation.'

Manchester City take on Chelsea tomorrow afternoon at Eastlands in the biggest game of the weekend. However, despite having spent over £100m in the summer, City only have three fit defenders available.

Summer signing Jerome Boateng is still recovering from injury while England defender Joleon Lescott has only been back in training for a couple of days.

With Wayne Bridge and Aleksandar Kolarov also sidelined Gareth Barry may be forced to fill-in at left-back. Mancini expressed his concern at the number of injuries his squad has picked up so far this season.

'I am disappointed we have all these injuries at the moment,' he said. 'I only have 11 players who are 100 per cent fit.'

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