Chris Sutton predicts where Chelsea FC will finish in title race

The Chelsea FC legend believes the Blues will miss out on the title race

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

Chris Sutton believes Chelsea FC will fall just short in the Premier League title race this season.

The Blues have been talked up as potential title contenders following a surprisingly positive start to the campaign under Maurizio Sarri.

Chelsea FC won their opening five Premier League fixtures before a goalless draw with West Ham United ended their streak.

Sarri’s men appeared to be heading for a huge win over title rivals Liverpool FC after Eden Hazard broke the deadlock in the first half.

However, former Chelsea FC striker Daniel Sturridge scored a sensational equaliser to level the Premier League clash.

Chelsea FC are in third place in the Premier League table and two points behind Liverpool FC and Manchester City in the title race.

However, the Blues can move ahead of their two rivals given Liverpool FC will host the defending champions on Sunday evening.

Chelsea FC will take on Southampton at St Mary’s in the earlier kick-off on Sunday afternoon as the Blues look to return to winning ways after successive stalemates.

Former Chelsea FC striker Sutton doubts that the Blues have the quality to compete with their title rivals over the course of the season.

“I don’t think so. Liverpool and Man City have slightly stronger squads,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I think they will come up a little short in third place.”

Chelsea FC won the Premier League title twice in the past four seasons under two different managers.

Jose Mourinho won his first top flight crown of his second spell in charge of the west London side in the 2015-16 campaign.

Indeed, Chelsea FC were comfortable winners under the Portuguese head coach to secure Mourinho’s first league title.

The Blues were crowned Premier League champions once again in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge of the Stamford Bridge side.

Conte led Chelsea FC to title glory as the Blues became the first team to win 30 games in an individual campaign.

The Italian’s successor Sarri has inherited most of Conte’s title-winning squad, although the Blues finished in fifth place last term.

Chelsea FC signed three players in the summer transfer window after the Blues brought in Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovavic, Napoli star Jorginho and veteran England goalkeeper Rob Green.

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