Gary Neville believes both Manchester City and Manchester United will fancy their chances of laying their hands on the Premier League title this season if they finish above Chelsea.
Neville made the admission during the second half of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After riding a few first half scares, the reigning UEFA Champions League holders stepped it up in the second half, securing a fourth win in their first five Premier League outings this season thanks to goals from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger.
Based on their second half showing, Chelsea were full value for their victory and it sent out a clear message that they are one of the ones to watch in the race for the title this season.
Chelsea, who have been on an upward trajectory ever since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard back in January, have looked strong in the first few weeks of this season and former United man Neville believes if anyone can finish above them this term they will be in with a chance of scooping top prize.
Neville told Sky Sports: “If you are Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool or any other team that has aspirations to win this title, then you will fancy your chances if you finish above this Chelsea team because they look really, really good – it’s a statement and performance in the second half (against Spurs).”
Although this season is only five games old, it is Chelsea, Liverpool and United that have set the pace, each taking 13 points from their first five games, with Chelsea and Liverpool only dropping points when facing each other.
City, meanwhile, have experienced an indifferent start to the campaign, winning three, drawing one and losing one of their first five matches.
Whilst the defeat to Tottenham and stalemate with Southampton will have frustrated manager Pep Guardiola, he can take comfort from the fact that his side have kept four clean sheets in their last four games, highlighting that they do have a strong defensive line to spur them on this season.
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