Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann believes the Premier League title race will come down to the Reds and Manchester City.
There is currently just two points separating the top three, with Chelsea still very much in the running, but Hamann feels that the challenge from the Blues will ebb away:
“I don’t think Chelsea have what it takes to win the Premier League over Liverpool and Manchester City. I know they won the Champions League, but it’s a different competition. There aren’t as many games in the Champions League and you can show no fear in that competition because you can pick up results if the opposition aren’t quite at it, but the Premier League is a long stretch. I just think City and Liverpool are one if not two steps ahead of Chelsea and this is why I think they will both have a healthy gap over Chelsea come the end of the season.”
It’s probably too early to be ruling out any of the three teams, considering how close things are at the top of the table. Hamann is right to point out that Chelsea do have to prove they can sustain a challenge over a full season but this is not the time to be writing them off.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are having a bit of a wobble currently, having won two, drawn two and lost one of their last five league matches, but every team will go through a period like that this campaign.
While City and Liverpool do have the advantage of having won the league in recent years, that doesn’t necessarily make them the only contenders.