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Feb 5, 2014

Navas: City expected to beat Chelsea

Jesus Navas is confident Manchester City can produce the right response to their defeat at the hands of Chelsea by stringing together another series of wins.

• Cox: Fast is best
• Worrall: City seen off
• Mooney: Loss no disaster

City lost their 100 percent home league record when Branislav Ivanovic scored the only goal in the 1-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s side at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team had won their previous seven matches and had recorded 18 victories in their last 20 games, and World Cup-winner Navas believes they are capable of embarking on a similar run again.

"We were on a really good dynamic run and we were expecting to win, and it didn’t happen, but let’s keep looking forward and winning more matches again," he told the Manchester Evening News. "The team has the potential to go on another run like we have. We want to be in the first spot so we will keep working to get there."

City go to Norwich on Saturday before hosting Sunderland on Wednesday before an FA Cup reunion with Chelsea.

And former Sevilla winger Navas admitted he was surprised that City, who had proved prolific in home games against top-eight teams, could not continue that trend against Jose Mourinho’s side.

"We usually play against great teams and we usually win, but we are satisfied with the way we played against Chelsea and hopefully we can win the next games ahead," he added.

"We are on the right track. When they scored it was hard for us, but we worked well so we are not worried about it. The team worked until the end and had options, We could have won so we are not worried about this one loss."

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