Gary Neville: Why it’s difficult to look past ‘robust’ Chelsea in title race
The Manchester United legend admits Chelsea are looking like Premier League champions
Gary Neville has admitted that he is finding it difficult to look past Chelsea as Premier League title winners this season.
Antonio Conte’s side are firmly in control of the title race after the west London side recorded their 11th successive Premier League victory on Sunday afternoon thanks to Diego Costa’s first-half winner at Selhurst Park.
Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace marked their third successive top-flight win by that scoreline as Conte looks to win the Premier League crown in his first season in charge of the Stamford Bridge outfit.
The 2015 champions haven’t lost a Premier League game since a 3-0 defeat by title rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in September.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Everton in the Merseyside derby, Neville highlighted that Chelsea have a bit of everything in the title race.
“What I would say is that Chelsea have the consistency. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are playing a very mobile brand of football,” Neville said.
“Power, pace and strength have always been important assets of winning titles if you go back to all the teams that have won it. If you look at the Chelsea team and the spine of it, you see Kante, Matic, Costa, Azpilicueta, Luiz and Cahill, you’ve got experience, reliability, strength and power.”
Neville continued: “They can play in a nasty game, they can play in a good game, they can play in a passing game, they can play in a cold night, they can do everything you’d want to do to win the league. The other three teams aren’t robust enough to cope when the punches come. The punches always come in a 38-game season.
“You have to be able to withstand them and go down and get up.”
Chelsea are six points ahead of Liverpool in the title race after 17 games.
The Merseyside outfit haven’t won the Premier League in their history.