Graeme Souness makes bold claim about Chelsea in title race

The former Liverpool captain delivers his verdict on Chelsea's title prospects this season

Graeme Souness believes Chelsea will challenge for the Premier League title if Antonio Conte can keep Diego Costa and Eden Hazard fit.

The west London side eased to a 2-0 win against Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday evening thanks to Hazard’s superb opener in the sixth minute before Costa sealed three points with a strike from just outside the penalty area.

The Blues have won their last four Premier League games without conceding a goal, beating Hull City, Leicester City, Manchester United and Southampton.

Chelsea are in fourth place in the Premier League table but a point adrift of leaders Manchester City and title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool after 10 top-flight games.

Former Liverpool captain Souness is taking Chelsea’s title challenger seriously with their key players in such a rich vein of form.

“It is a masterclass in attacking football. You see what Chelsea are about. Antonio Conte has them well drilled,” Souness told Sky Sports.

“They defend their box, they’ve got people who are good in the air. They’re a very dangerous team.

“This team will be challenging if they can keep Hazard and Costa fit because they don’t have too dominate the balk but still be very dangerous.”

Chelsea will host Ronald Koeman’s Everton side at Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game on Saturday.

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The Blues have lost a top-flight game since a 3-0 defeat by title rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

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