In the aftermath of Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea City and Manchester City's thumping three nil win at the Britannia Stadium against Tony Pulis' out of sorts West Brom side, fans and pundits alike have quickly installed Manuel Pellegrini's side as favourites for the Premier League title.
And why not? Yaya Toure was back to his sublime best, as was Vincent Kompany, who struggled to produce the goods week in, week out last season. Raheem Sterling will only get better in the Sky Blue kit, while Sergio Aguero is closing in on full fitness.
So, that's it: City are the team to beat...or are they?
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Well, not quite yet. Ok, Chelsea struggled against Swansea City, but they were in front before Thibaut Courtois' moment of madness.
The west London outfit, of course, have been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons once again this week. Jose Mourinho certainly isn't helping himself with the whole Eva Carneiro saga, but he's clearly still as passionate as ever to drive Chelsea forward.
Chelsea still No.1
Arsenal, despite their nightmare start to the season, will certainly prove a contender to the Blues' crown, while Manchester United, under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, will surely improve after a number of solid signings in this transfer window, but both clubs still aren't a match for Chelsea and Mourinho.
Chelsea are still the team to beat. It's far too early to judge them. One game is one game - and the Stamford Bridge outfit have 37 more Premier League games to prove their credentials once again.
Eden Hazard, who was the league's best player last term, will be hoping to improve even further this time round, while the duo of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa will once again have key roles to play in their second seasons at the club.
Forget City, United and Co., Chelsea still have the most consistent and experienced back-line in the division. And in Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, they have one of the most dynamic midfield parings in Europe.
Retaining the title
It's easy to say that Chelsea have stood still over the course of the summer. We've seen the likes of United and City stand still after winning the title and then failing to defend their crown.
The comparisons are fair, but the United and City title-winning teams never had Mourinho. He won't settle for second best - he appears to be determined to make history with Chelsea, even if he has to upset a few people in the process.
Chelsea, of course, travel to the Etihad this weekend to take on the Citizens, and you wouldn't put it past them to surprise everyone and claim all three points. Mourinho's on the warpath and it would be crazy to dismiss his side's title chances at this stage.
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