Phill Neville sends message to Man United about Chelsea in title race

The ex Man United defender believes Chelsea will be involved in the Premier League title race

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Phil Neville is confident that Chelsea will be involved in the Premier League title race despite their setback against Manchester City.

Antonio Conte’s side responded in impressive style to a shock 3-2 loss to Burnley in their opening Premier League game at Stamford Bridge back in August.

Chelsea went on a five-game unbeaten run to notch up victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Stoke City on the road.

The defending champions played out a goalless draw with a surprisingly resilient Arsenal team before a 2-0 victory over Everton in west London.

However, Premier League leaders Manchester City became the second team to beat the defending champions in the opening seven games following Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half winner in a 1-0 win at his former club.

Former Manchester united defender Neville is backing Chelsea to get back involved in the title race despite Manchester City and Manchester United setting a blistering pace in the Premier League title race.

“Man United have a squad that can match Man City,” Neville told The Debate on Sky Sports on Thursday night.

“Chelsea will be there [in the title race]. Tottenham will struggle because of Wembley. The two Manchester clubs are out in front.”

Chelsea won their second title in three seasons last term after finishing seven points above their closest challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues signed six players in the summer transfer window to improve their squad depth ahead of a return to the Champions League.

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