Chelsea are long way from being a great team, says Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes says Chelsea can't be considered a great team until the Blues win silverware
Paul Scholes says the current Chelsea side are still a long way off from being a “great team”.
The Blues manager talked up his current squad following a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.
Chelsea have had a great team when they won back-to-back league titles but they are still a long way off it now
The west London side are five points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of their clash against Sean Dyche’s Burnley side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
However, United legend Scholes believes Mourinho’ men won’t be a considered a great side until the current leaders win some silverware during Mourinho’s second reign at Stamford Bridge.
“Working as one of the ITV pundits on Tuesday night I was surprised to hear Jose Mourinho talking about Chelsea as a ‘great team’,” Scholes wrote in his Independent column.
“Great teams have to win trophies first, which means that Chelsea have had a great team when they won back-to-back league titles but they are still a long way off it now.”
Former England international Scholes won two Champions League titles during a distinguished 19-year career with United.
And the 40-year-old ITV pundit reckons PSG can still edge past the Blues despite Mourinho’s men having home advantage for the second leg on 11 March.
“I recognise that Paris Saint-Germain have an excellent home record in Europe,” Scholes added.
“Even so, I expected Chelsea to create more chances against them this week. They had one attempt on goal, Branislav Ivanovic’s header that went in. Barcelona or Real Madrid might not have beaten PSG but they would have had more than one shot on goal.
“I wouldn’t rule PSG out for the second leg, especially if Zlatan Ibrahimovic decides he fancies it. I think they will score at least one at Stamford Bridge.”