Ronald Koeman believes his Southampton side has the beating of Chelsea and Manchester City - but only over 90 minutes and not the course of a season.
The Dutchman has led Saints to second place in the Premier League after replacing Mauricio Pochettino over the summer, with a number of his recruits already starting to make names for themselves in the division.
Graziano Pelle was brought in from Koeman's former club Feyernoord and, as well as scoring on his Italy debut, he has notched six league goals and picked up the player of the month award for September.
Dusan Tadic has arguably had an even better start, with the Serbia winger up for the October award having starred in the 8-0 demolition of Sunderland.
Leicester are the visitors to the south coast tomorrow before a tough run of fixtures that will see Koeman's side face Man City, Arsenal and Manchester United in the space of eight days.
Reigning champions City are currently third in the table with runaway leaders Chelsea looking almost unstoppable, but Koeman believes his Southampton charges could deal blows to either side's title hopes, even if Saints cannot last the pace to challenge for the crown.
"I think it is a two-team race because I still believe that City and Chelsea are stronger over the whole season," he said.
"In one game I think we can beat them but over the whole season normally they are much stronger than us. We know our situation and we know our ambitions but we live game by game."