Robbie Savage believes Chelsea FC can run Liverpool FC and Manchester City close in the title race.
The Blues won their opening five Premier League fixtures under Antonio Conte’s replacement Maurizio Sarri to lay down an earlier marker in the title race despite finishing in fifth spot last term.
Chelsea FC dropped their first points of the season in a goalless draw with West Ham United at London Stadium despite the Hammers’ poor start under their new manager, Manuel Pellegrini.
The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw with Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend after former Chelsea FC and Manchester City striker Daniel Sturridge cancelled out Eden Hazard’s opener with minutes to go in west London.
Hazard, who helped Belgium to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Russia last summer, has already netted six goals in five Premier League games to hit the ground running in the current campaign.
Liverpool FC and Manchester City have been talked up as potential title challengers ahead of their meeting at Anfield on Sunday evening but Chelsea FC are something of a surprise package.
Former Man United star Savage believes Chelsea FC could challenge Liverpool FC and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
“I think Chelsea can run Liverpool and Man City close,” Savage told BBC Radio 5 Live. “You’ve got strength on the bench [at Chelsea FC].”
Chelsea FC finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on the Champions League spot last term for the second time in three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte.
The Blues won the FA Cup at Wembley after Hazard netted the winner from the penalty spot in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
The west London side have impressed with their attacking style of player under Sarri, despite Chelsea FC adopted more of a defensive approach under Conte.
Chelsea FC signed Napoli midfielder Jorginho, Real Madrid star Mateo Kovavic and veteran goalkeeper Rob Green in the 2018 summer transfer window following Sarri’s appointment.
The Blues have made a positive start to their Europa League campaign after successive victories over PAOK and Vidi in the opening two fixtures of their group.
Chelsea FC have won five and drawn two of their opening seven Premier League games ahead of their trip to Southampton on Sunday.
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