Paul Merson points out Chelsea FC weaknesses

Paul Merson explains where he thinks Chelsea FC are still falling short this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that Chelsea FC are still lacking in a few areas and doesn’t consider them to be genuine title contenders.

Maurizio Sarri’s men have made the perfect start to the new season with wins against Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle and Bournemouth leaving them currently joint top of the Premier League table.

Chelsea FC had been tipped to fight for a place in the top four by many experts pre-season, but very few believed that the team could mount a title challenge.

So far they are proving everyone wrong but they will soon face tougher challenges as the fixture list produces tougher games over the next few months.

Ex-Arsenal playmaker Merson believes that their shaky defensive set-up will ultimately cost them in a long-term bid for success this year, as he told Sky Sports in the wake of latest their win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

“I think, attacking wise, great.” said Merson on Sky Sports.

“But back four, I don’t think they can win the league with that back four.

“David Luiz will do something. He needs to be playing in a back three in my opinion. You only have to look at the Newcastle game.

“They’re cruising that and only he knows what he was doing when he went to the head ball. He just waited for it, I don’t know what he was trying to do.

“[Marcos] Alonso plays where he wants to play, he’s got no position, he just goes and plays. When they play against the big boys, they’ll get picked off.”

After the international break, Sarri’s team are scheduled to take on Cardiff City at home and they will be expected to continue their 100% start to the new campaign by picking up another three points against Neil Warnock’s side.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal FC latest news

MORE: Chelsea FC latest news

MORE: Liverpool FC latest news

Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes: What I really think of Bruno Fernandes at Man United
Gary Neville
Gary Neville: What I really think of Arsenal under Mikel Arteta
Alan Shearer (Photo: BBC Sport / Screengrab)
‘It wouldn’t surprise me’: Alan Shearer makes prediction about Liverpool FC
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
David Beckham: What I really think of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man United
Mohamed Salah
Real Madrid plan £126m raid to sign Liverpool FC star – report
Jose Mourinho
Tottenham hope to beat Man United to 28-year-old striker – report
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane: What it’s really like playing for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool FC
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Everton v Man United
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard to axe up to eight Chelsea FC players this summer – report