Joe Hart reckons Manchester City should be running away with the Premier League title race.
And the Blues goalkeeper has all but written off struggling Chelsea's hopes of retaining their crown.
It is a wide open battle for the league with surprise candidates Leicester currently at the top.
City - who face second-placed Arsenal on Monday night - remain narrow favourites to be crowned champions for a third time.
And Hart believes they would already be in the driving seat had it not been for their mixed form this season.
City sit in third place having lost four times already, including recent defeats to Stoke and Liverpool.
"It is ridiculous," said the England man when describing the state of play at the top of the league.
"It is only because we have been playing poor that it's open."
Joe Hart punches clear against Swansea
Chelsea, beaten by Leicester on Monday night, are way down the table in 16th place - 20 points behind the leaders.
Hart added: "They are going to have to go on one hell of a run if they're going to win this."
Hart's former City team-mate and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes owner Roman Abramovich will be reluctant to sack Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho this season.
But he said of the Londoners' slump: "It has to change right now. Whether it's attitude or performance or something else, it has to change.
"But I have to say what they set out to do when Jose Mourinho came back was to have a long-term plan. What can they gain by getting rid of him now?
"They are probably not going to make the top four anyway or the top six. They're not going to get relegated I think if we are honest so I'm sure there's a view from Roman Abramovich to say, 'Hang on, let's see what happens at the end of the season'."