Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder David Mathebula believes the long break has affected all teams' performances, which is good for Amakhosi even though they are one of them.
Log leaders Amakhosi have become a shadow of themselves since the resumption of Absa Premiership games and at the same time have failed to capitalise on Mamelodi Sundowns' poor form.
Of course, the same can be said for many teams since the PSL restart including Sundowns, who managed to scrape a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows on Monday to close the gap at the top of the table to three points.
"I think the long layoff of the break is what made the difference because you can see the sharpness of the players is not the same as before this Covid break," Mathebula tells KickOff.com.
"Ya I think that's more challenging. But not only for them, I think a couple of teams now are struggling. But because they were on form and on top before Covid, it would appear to some people as if the players are not serious.
"But the break was too long for them. Yes, all the teams went through the same thing, but which team is sharp now? And for them the pressure mounts because they want to win the league, and they are dropping points while Sundowns are also doing the same.
"It will look like they are not serious about winning the league but the fact is the players are struggling because of that. I mean it's a challenge. Whatever happens now it's new to everyone.
"But we can't blame the players or the technical team because if you can take a look, there are no changes. The teams that were in the relegation zone are still in the relegation zone. So no one would say certain teams are doing better than the others you know.
"Okay, Chiefs they are losing points but who is catching up? The team behind them, they are also dropping points but we say Chiefs are not taking advantage.
"So I think it's a challenge to everyone. For me there's no team which I would say they are doing better after Covid.
"The important game is the one of Chiefs and Sundowns on Thursday you know. But I think we might see the same soap until the end. In the remaining four games we can't say Chiefs will win all of them, and we can't say Sundowns who are challenging will win all of them.
"You will find that once Sundowns starts winning, Chiefs will also start winning. I don't think both Chiefs and Sundowns will win all their remaining games. Two wins or one win for Chiefs might win the league for them.
"Even a single win from Chiefs [more than Sundowns] might win the league for them because no one is winning two games or three games in a row. I don't think both teams will win three games out of the remaining four."