In the opening few weeks of the English Premier League season, pundits and fans alike were raving about the fast-paced, fluid football of the two Manchester sides, who both looked impressive in every area.
While City and United were seemingly scoring goals for fun against the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal, Chelsea were struggling to beat West Bromwich Albion and were unconvincing in victory against a whole host of other teams.
It was being billed as a two-horse race between the two fierce rivals from the North West; the "nouveau riche" of City and the established nobility of United marshaled by Sir Alex Ferguson himself.
But in recent weeks, gaps have started to emerged in this premature thesis of a season dominated by Manchester.
Chelsea have been quietly improving every game with Andre Villas-Boas finding his feet fast in the English game.
I am boldly predicting that Villas-Boas' men will continue to get better and will emerge as the champions come May.
Here are 10 reasons why Chelsea fans should be incredibly optimistic with regards to the club's title chances.