David Silva believes Manchester City struck a psychological blow to their rivals Manchester United in the wake of their emphatic 6-1 triumph at Old Trafford.
City ran riot against ten-man United last month as Roberto Mancini's men inflicted a stunning scalp on the Premier League champions, a result described by Sir Alex Ferguson as the "worst" in his career.
Silva and his team-mates currently boast a five-point lead over the Red Devils at the top of the table and the Spain international has conceded he "dreams" of lifting the title come the end of the campaign.
He said: "Five points dealt United a blow to their morale and made it hard for them. Our win over them showed we are the team to beat in England. We have shown we can become champions.
"In the summer, Mancini promised us a bigger attacking system and is fulfilling what he said. I think we are creating many openings because of this strategy."
On a personal level, Silva, 25, has been in scintillating form this campaign, recording six top flight assists and scoring three goals to help propel City to the summit of the division.
"I am enjoying my best form ever - including my time with Valencia," he told The Sun. "I am the same person as last season but, as a footballer, I have matured a lot. I know the City style better and have adapted to all aspects of club life.
"My English is more fluent and this always helps in communicating with my team-mates. In my early days here, I suffered a lot of anxiety over this.
"Roberto Mancini insists I improve my performances even more and that's my challenge. I am a winner. I dream of winning the Premier League."