Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has played down Chelsea's chances of winning the Premier League, despite insisting the race for the title will be closer than ever.
Chelsea moved to the summit of the league on the weekend after easing past Newcastle 3-0, while Pellegrini's City struggled to a 0-0 draw at Norwich.
However, the Chilean believes Chelsea are not the favourites, according to the Manchester Evening News.
"It is very difficult to know who are the favourites," he said.
"For me, the favourites were Arsenal because, after playing 25 games, Arsenal were leading the table for most of them. Then we were the favourites though, because we had been playing very well before this week.
"Chelsea are now playing well as well, but they are not the favourites," he claimed. "Every team will drop points. Last week, it was Chelsea against West Ham at home. This weekend it was Arsenal."
It wasn't just Arsenal though. City's draw dropped them down to third, two points adrift of Jose Mourinho's men.
But Pellegrini thinks any one of five can still win the title.
"This year the Premier League will be closer than ever," he continued.
"Don't forget about Liverpool, and maybe Everton or Tottenham."
With 39 points still left to play for City can still consider themselves strong contenders, but they will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they play Sunderland at home this Wednesday.
Chelsea travel to West Brom, while Arsenal face Manchester United in the pick of the games from a full-schedule midweek round of fixtures.
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