That is the belief of player-turned-pundit Gary Neville.
Pep Guardiola’s City jumped up to second place in the table last night after beating Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium.
And that has moved them them to within eight points of leaders Chelsea.
Following Tottenham’s defeat at Liverpool, City have now emerged as the Blues' biggest threat.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are now without a Premier League game until March
However, next weekend sees the Premier League take a break due to the FA Cup.
And next month’s international fixtures will also disrupt the domestic calendars.
City’s attention is also set to turn to the Champions League in the coming weeks, and Manchester United legend Neville feels Guardiola’s men will struggle to pile pressure on Chelsea due to the big gaps between games.
Gary Neville says Manchester City will find it difficult to build momentum in the title race
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City are a case in point. They've got three league games in the next six weeks
"The problem all the teams have at the moment is that there is no momentum at all,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
"There's the FA Cup this weekend, then there's the international break for two weeks at the end of March so in the next six or seven weeks there's very few league fixtures.
"City are a case in point. They've got three league games in the next six weeks.
Antonio Conte's Chelsea can extend their lead at the top in a fortnight due to Man City not playing
“To really put pressure on Chelsea you need a quick two or three matches where Chelsea might lose a game on a Saturday, City or the other challengers win and then all of a sudden they might have a game in midweek.
“There isn't really that momentum to really build up and that will really suit Chelsea."
Manchester City don’t play in the Premier League again until March 5 because their showdown with United later this month has been postponed due to the EFL Cup final.
As a result, Chelsea can widen the gap when they welcome Swansea to Stamford Bridge on February 25.