A short distance away at the city of Manchester, the noisy neighbours are getting noticed. The rivalry turned intense when Carlos Tevez walked out of United red and stepped into City blue. The temperature got raised even more when perennially injured Owen Hargreaves also signed for Mancini's City boys. The Citi-zens have also started the season like a house on fire, turning in brilliant attacking displays in the process.
Not to be outdone by Edin Dzeko's Spurs hattrick, Kun Aguero provided more evidence that he is a Golden Boot candidate if not already its heir apparent. Mancini's aim of becoming less dependent on Tevez has been paying dividends with inspired acquisitions of Nasri and Aguero. Finally the Citi-zens have a team that can strike fear in any team, be it in the Premiership or in the Champions League. With this team, The Blues can match the famed Arsenal Invincibles, although Stoke may beg to differ.
I do not remember a time where a club has led the Premiership from start to finish. As the Manchester clubs "destroy" each other for territorial bragging rights, Chelsea could be the club that benefits most from it. The Blue Champions have yet to lose a game whilst not playing brilliantly. United and City are peaking early and there are dangers of that, whereas Chelsea are slowly building a sustained momentum to mount a calculated assault for the Premiership title.
All the same, as talented as United is this season, I doubt the Red Devils will go beyond the Champions League quarterfinal stage. City however, have the experience, skills and physical ability to beat Barcelona should they meet in the Champions League final.
Chelsea travels to Old Trafford this Sunday in the first real test for United's young team. Torres has been the scourge of United in recent times and if he plays, Old Trafford could be the stage to reignite El Nino's Chelsea career. This weekend could potentially separate the two Manchester clubs at the top.