Chelsea warned about Man United in title race

The Chelsea legend talks up the defending champions' title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Pat Nevin has warned Chelsea that both Manchester City and Manchester United look like serious contenders in the Premier League title race.

The Citizens laid down a marker in the weekend’s opening fixture as Manchester City eased to a resounding 6-0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Manchester United responded with a 4-0 win against Everton at Old Trafford to move level on 13 points with their derby rivals at the top of the table.

Chelsea fell further off the pace following a goalless draw with neighbours Arsenal at Stamford Bridge to give the Manchester clubs a three-point cushion over the defending champions.

The Blues suffered a 3-2 loss to Burnley in their opening fixture of the Premier League campaign before victories over Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City.

Former Chelsea winger Nevin admits Manchester City and Manchester United look like formidable teams to contend with in the Premier League title race.

“Having been at Watford to see Man City on Saturday it was a bit of an eye-opener as to the level Pep has got his team to this season,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.

“It is only one game (although they did score five against Liverpool as well I guess) but they were a joy to watch.

“That is the standard this season along with the power of Jose’s Man United and I do not think anyone would argue against the suggestion this is going to a hard league for anyone to win.”

Chelsea signed six players in the summer transfer window to revamp their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

The Blues were 6-0 winners against Qarabag in their opening group-stage fixture at Stamford Bridge last week.

The defending champions have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons.

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