Despite the recent troubles, Zola still believes Roberto Mancini's men are destined for success - and could soon reach the peak of English football.
"I have no doubt, It's just all about time," he told the Daily Mail. "Manchester City will be there and be contending in the title race. They've been contending for the title this year already, but unfortunately for them it looks like it's not going to happen this season.
"All they need is time, though, because they have resources and will be using them to strengthen the team all the time."