Gary Neville offers his take on Chelsea FC’s title hopes

Gary Neville says it is too early to talk about Chelsea FC as Premier League title contenders

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Gary Neville feels that it is still too early to be discussing Chelsea FC as possible challengers for the Premier League title this season.

The Blues have been earning praise for their solid start to the new campaign following Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as the club’s new manager back in July, following the dismissal of Antonio Conte.

Sarri was brought in to try and help guide the west London side back into the top four after the Blues finished fifth and won the FA Cup last term under Conte.

However, Chelsea FC’s strong start to the new campaign has left them in second place in the table and level on points with joint leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC after eight games.

Their position in the table and an in-form Eden Hazard has inevitably prompted suggestions that the Blues could end up being one of the main challengers for the Premier League title this season.

After all, the current Blues squad is not hugely different to the side that won the Premier League title in the 2016-17 campaign under Conte.

However, former Manchester United defender Neville feels that Chelsea FC cannot yet be discussed as title contenders because he thinks he has spotted some weaknesses in their recent performances.

Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, Neville said: “I saw Chelsea at West Ham – but West Ham could have taken it on the counter attack.

“I saw the game against Liverpool and I thought Chelsea were at full pelt to stay in that game. Chelsea were really struggling to stay in the game – Liverpool had the edge on them.

“They have done well in a game [at Southampton] you’d expect them to do well in. It is very early to talk about Chelsea challenging Liverpool and Man City.”

Hazard has been one of the driving forces behind Chelsea FC’s strong start to the new campaign, with the Belgian having started the season in fine form.

The 27-year-old playmaker has scored seven goals and made three assists in eight Premier League games so far this term to help the Blues up into second place in the table.

Next up for Chelsea FC is a Premier League showdown against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge after the international break on Saturday 20 October.

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