CHELSEA legend Frank Lampard says the Premier League is now a three-horse race.
But Lampard, who scored a club record 211 goals for the Blues, believes the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs are already out of the title race.
He told talkSPORT: “Manchester United are still there, and I think Chelsea will be the other main challengers.
“I think the others will struggle for the consistency to close the gap on a team who are playing so well in Manchester City.
“But we certainly can’t say it’s over at this stage, yet.
“What the other teams, other than City, need to do is try and stay in contention and hope for a blip with [sic] City.
“At the moment it’s not coming… but you have to stay in the game.”
Lampard, who had a season at Manchester City, added that Pep Guardiola’s team remain favourites – as they’ve added the kind of grit needed to win titles.
“We’ve seen in the last two games City are not going to have it all their own way – they’re going to come up against difficult games,” added the 39-year-old
“They’ve shown grit – to be fair to them – this week to get two results, and Manchester United is a huge game for them as well.
“But for the neutral, obviously, we want to see it [the title race] stay alive, but for City they want to put one foot closer to being champions in December, which is an early call.”