Manchester City are currently eight points behind Chelsea in the Premier League table, but Edin Dzeko feels that it is a similar deficit to what they had to overcome last season.
During the 2013/14 campaign, the Citizens stormed past Liverpool at the end of the season to claim the title and Dzeko believes that they can do the same to Jose Mourinho's men this time around.
"I don’t think so," he responded to Bleacher Report when asked whether Chelsea are a bigger threat to their title hopes than Liverpool were. "I think last season, Liverpool was in front of us just a few games before the end, so it’s different being behind in the last five, six games than after just 10 games."
If Dzeko is to be correct in his thinking and City are to be able to retain their title then they will have to seriously improve on their current standards.
Manuel Pellegrini's side have looked more vulnerable than in a number of years over the course of the campaign so far, with many of their top stars under-performing.
Although Sergio Aguero and Joe Hart have remained at the top of their games, the rest of the team have dipped from last year and they have been made to pay on numerous occasions.
The pressure is rising on the team and there is a question over whether Chelsea will drop the points required to allow City to catch them.
The Blues have very few weaknesses and they look strong at both ends of the pitch, meaning that Dzeko's words may not ring true.
Liverpool had obvious defensive struggles last season, despite their good form, but Chelsea are unlikely to struggle with keeping goals out given the strength of their back-line.
Most pundits already believe that Mourinho's men already have top-spot wrapped up, but Dzeko will be hoping that a slip-up from the Blues comes soon, and gives his side some hope that they will be able to keep hold of their title.