Despite Chelsea’s recent form in the past 5 games, there are still those who doubts Chelsea’s title-winning abilities, and one of those doubters include former England forward Stan Collymore. While others have eaten their words, Collymore is still defiant that City will win the league.
Read some of the baseless and one-sided comments of the football pundit:
I know the Festive season is still a few weeks away but Chelsea and Liverpool fans be warned: I’m going to sound a bit like Scrooge here.
Because despite two fantastic performances from your sides over the weekend, I still think you’ll be battling it out for a Champions League spot come May but not for the Premier League crown.
I hear some pundits saying, ‘Oh, well last week I thought Manchester City were going to win the league but this week I’m going to say Liverpool’.
And that’s rubbish, it winds me up, because things don’t just change over a weekend or two.
You have to look at the strength of a club’s first XI, squad depth, whether or not they have a 25-goal-season striker and an ability to keep clean sheets.
I considered all those factors when I went for City before a ball had been kicked and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind.
The only reason Pep Guardiola’s side aren’t comfortably top is because they’ve drawn their last three Premier League home games and they could quite easily have turned those results into three wins.
Some of you will say, ‘But they didn’t, Stan’.
But with the ability they have got, and the fact that players like Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have freshness and youthfulness combined with experience, means they could easily go on a six-game streak which sees them top of the pile by Christmas.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been mightily impressed by Chelsea and Liverpool, who I had finishing second and fourth with Arsenal between them in my pre-season predictions
Chelsea are the Chelsea which won the title 18 months ago and Liverpool have shaken off that sense that they’d beat one of the big boys one week then go to Southampton and lose the next.
But the ability Guardiola can draw upon and the ability he has to spend whatever he wants in January still gives City the edge.
Well, I can’t tell if Stan’s grasp of what’s happening at Chelsea is too hard for him to comprehend or he’s just so in awe of Pep Guardiola that he can’t accept simple facts, but one thing is for sure — Chelsea are out to put doubters to shame.
You’d eat your words in a few months time Stan. So many pundits and ex players are eating their words already, and you are next in line. The fear of Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system is the beginning of wisdom.