Jesús Navas believes Manchester City will go on another stellar run of form following Monday evening's 1-0 defeat by Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, although Fernandinho's muscle injury means he joins Sergio Agüero and Samir Nasri as long-term injury absentees.

Branislav Ivanovic's first-half strike consigned City to only a second defeat at home this season in 19 games, with Manuel Pellegrini's side having won their previous 11 Premier League matches at the Etihad Stadium.

Navas said: "We were on a really good dynamic run and we were expecting to win but it didn't happen. But let's keep looking forward and winning more matches again. 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 had already beaten Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur home and away but Chelsea's victory meant Jose Mourinho's side completed the league double over them, after October's 2-1 reverse at Stamford Bridge.

"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," said the winger. "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."

While Pellegrini stated that a muscle problem could rule out Fernandinho for a month, but is hopeful that he may return sooner meaning he could yet be available for the Champions League last-16 first leg against Barcelona on 18 February, Pablo Zabaleta urged the team to refocus.

"Sometimes when you lose one game it feels terrible but we must be stronger than ever," said the right-back. "We know we are only two points behind Arsenal and there is a long way to go. We have 14 more games to go and we need to be positive. We were a little bit frustrated by the result but this is football and sometimes you can lose games.

"We can learn about the mistakes and see how difficult the Premier League is at the moment. Every game is difficult. We need to keep calm – the manager is clever enough to work during the week and show to us what we did wrong."