There are six teams capable of mounting a serious challenge for the Premier League crown, but Tottenham Hotspur, who are ahead of Manchester City in the division, are not one of them according to the Citizens' manager Manuel Pellegrini.
'The Premier League is very close this year - there are six clubs challenging, with very little difference between one team and another,' he is quoted by The Mirror to have said. 'We have a lot of points to fight for, and I think at the end it will be between Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.'
City's form has arguably been more erratic than Tottenham's, as Pellegrini's men suffered losses to Cardiff City and Sunderland, but trounced Norwich City 7-0 in a highlight-reel of the attacking power in their arsenal.
Tottenham's losses have been sustained in what is perceived to be 'bigger' games, such as the North London derby with the Gunners and Newcastle United at home.
The two sides have an opportunity to duke it out for who is more supreme this weekend, when Spurs travel to Manchester to take on City, however, according to Jan Vertonghen, a title challenge should not be an ambition his team-mates harbour, as they should instead just focus on breaking into the top four.