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Minto: Chelsea aren’t favourites but they are challengers

Mon 07 December 2020 | 13:13

Former Blues full-back believes that Chelsea’s squad depth makes them a serious contender for the Premier League title.

Frank Lampard

’s

Chelsea

squad was reinforced by a busy transfer market in the summer. The club’s activity in the transfer market resulted in the signings of Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Timo Wener. It took a while for Chelsea to find their right momentum but the team’s recent performances show that Lampard and his team are on the right path in terms of improving their quality. In a recent interview with 

Stadium Astro

, Scott Minto has spoken about Chelsea’s chances to win the

Premier League

trophy.

“The first XI, and I’m trying to hold myself back from saying this because it is early, there is no reason – with this being the most open season for a long time – that Chelsea can’t start to believe, maybe after Christmas if they have a good run, that they are title challengers. I don’t think anyone would have said that at the start of the season.

“They are not the favourites. In the Liverpool game [a 2-0 defeat in September] they were so far apart, Liverpool were so much classier that day.

“But times have changed – Mendy has come in, Silva is looking fit, the back five look strong, [N’Golo] Kante is protecting them defensively as well and he’s giving them an opportunity to have an extra attacking midfielder, [Olivier] Giroud is scoring goals, Werner could be on 15 already, [Tammy] Abraham is playing well. And that’s not even talking about the likes of Ziyech, [Mason] Mount and all the other attacking wide players that Chelsea have.

“Listen, things are going really well at the moment. I still can’t see anyone above Liverpool. If anyone finishes above Liverpool, they win the title.

“I said at the start of the season that I thought City would be desperate to bounce back and show that they can be the team of two seasons ago. They have disappointed me in terms of their start.

“Liverpool have the injuries and that may well disrupt them going forward, but for me it’s still Liverpool.

“But if Chelsea keep doing what they are doing, they have got the balance perfect, everyone is scoring goals, they are keeping clean sheets and not conceding many, at the moment things could not be going better for Frank Lampard and Jody Morris.”


source: SportMob

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