Pat Nevin explains how Chelsea can catch Man United in title race

The Chelsea legend is confident the Blues can still overhaul their title rivals despite a 1-0 loss to Man City at Stamford Bridge last weekend

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Pat Nevin is confident Chelsea can still overhaul Manchester City and Manchester United in the Premier League title race despite losing 1-0 to the leaders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

The defending champions hosted Manchester City in west London as Antonio Conte’s men looked to hoist themselves level on points with Pep Guardiola’s side at the top of the table.

Chelsea suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City following Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half winner at Stamford Bridge as the Belgian midfielder heaped misery on his former club.

The Blues lost 3-2 to Burnley in their opening Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge in August before a goalless draw with bitter rivals Arsenal at home last month.

Chelsea are looking to become the first Premier League club to win the title in successive seasons since Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

While the Blues are some way behind the Manchester clubs after just seven games, ex Chelsea winger Nevin is confident Conte’s side can overhaul their rivals with a good run of victories in the lead up to the festive schedule.

“So yes, the two Manchester clubs have a bit of a gap in the league but it is very early days still and any expectation of the league being a cake walk was never seriously considered by anyone anyway,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.

“City in particular are the benchmark for quality right now and if they keep up their skill levels, speed and style from the start of this season then they will be very hard to catch.

“That does not mean to say it will be impossible, we have a very good-looking league run between now and the end of the calendar year, one in which we could really put some pressure on the current leaders.

“I reckon Chelsea are outright favourites to win every one of those games with the only arguments being Manchester United at home and Liverpool away, and even those are probably evens at the bookies.

“I am not saying we will win every one of those games but there is a great opportunity for a great run and I think the players know this.”

Chelsea signed six players in the summer transfer window in an attempt to overhaul their squad ahead of the new season.

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