The Blues made the trip to Wembley to face Tottenham on Saturday evening following a run of eight victories and four draws in their opening 12 fixtures.
However, Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten start to life as Chelsea FC manager came to an end in emphatic style in north London.
Goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung Min secured Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea FC to hoist Spurs above Sarri’s men.
The Blues are in fourth place and seven points adrift of current Premier League leaders Manchester City in the title race.
Even second-placed Liverpool FC have a substantial five-point advantage over the Stamford Bridge outfit to leave Chelsea FC with ground to make up.
Chelsea FC have only managed to win two of their last five Premier League games to suggest Sarri is facing his first testing period as Blues manager.
Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Chelsea FC are short of a title challenge in the Premier League this season.
“For Chelsea, even though they weren’t anywhere near their best, they came up against a Tottenham team who were at it. We know the rivalry between those two is big and there wasn’t a lot of love lost,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“I watched Chelsea at West Ham for the first time a few weeks ago and I didn’t get the feeling I was watching a team who were about to challenge for the title.
“I got the feeling I was watching a team that was better than last year, playing a good style of football, but not at Liverpool or Man City’s level. They’re doing a good job and what I saw about Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, I thought Liverpool were better.”
Neville added: “When Man Utd played at Stamford Bridge, there were signs and at West Ham away plus last night, there are a few examples that Chelsea aren’t quite at a Premier League title-winning level.
“But no-one expected that of them, and where they are at the moment, a top-four finish would be good for them.
“It’s a challenge for Maurizio Sarri and it’s a challenge for Chelsea. People won’t let Jorginho have 1,000 passes a match, they will get players in and around him. Once you disrupt the rhythm of a team that relies on rhythm, you’ve broken them.”
Chelsea FC will have the opportunity to return to winning ways in the Premier League next Sunday when the Blues host their west London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City will make the trip to Chelsea FC on Saturday 8 December.
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