Martin Keown: How Chelsea, Man United have helped title rivals

The Arsenal legend believes Chelsea and Manchester United have helped Manchester City's title bid

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Martin Keown believes Manchester City’s title rivals have helped Pep Guardiola’s men consolidate their position at the top of the table.

The Citizens are eight points clear of their closest challengers Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur after 11 games.

Chelsea are a further point adrift of the runaway Premier League leaders following a mixed start to their title defence.

Manchester City were 5-0 winners against Liverpool and managed to beat Arsenal 3-1 in their biggest games at the Etihad Stadium this term.

Pep Guardiola’s side landed a significant blow to Chelsea’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title with a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge at the end of September.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have beaten Tottenham this season, while the Red Devils lost 1-0 to the defending champions in west London last weekend.

Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Manchester City have been helped by their title rivals taking points off each other.

“I have been in situations where you feel invincible and everyone is saying nice things about your team,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“But Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team haven’t won anything yet. They don’t know what’s going to happen for the rest of the season.

“If we want the Premier League to be more competitive, we have to hope that someone can take points off them.

“They have been helped by the fact that their rivals have been chipping away at each other. United beat Tottenham and then lost at Chelsea. Those results are perfect for City.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after the Blues finished seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United finished outside the top four last term behind Liverpool and Arsenal despite winning the Europa League and the League Cup.

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