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Manchester City are still regarded by many to be strong favourites for the Premier League title this season, despite being just two points above second-placed Chelsea.

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack acknowledges the quality Manchester City have but insists Chelsea have the squad to challenge Manchester City.

Ballack also wants Chelsea to beat Manchester City when both sides meet as it could affect Manchester City as a team.

“I don’t know if [Manchester City] can make 100 points every season, it seems difficult,” Ballack told Goal.

“Especially with the tight competition in the Premier League. Of course, this achievement shows the quality that City has. It is something that should challenge Chelsea and with the squad they have, they are able to do it.

“[Chelsea] are unbeaten right now in all competitions and they should develop a mental quality ahead of a game directly against Man City. That game could affect Man City as a team. In football a lot can happen, I wouldn’t say Man City have won the title already.

“The new coach and the way they play, they are able to compete and they should maintain it and try to win it. Hopefully at Chelsea they don’t think that Man City are too good! That would mean you give it up early. They are a strong opponent, of course, but they can be beaten.

“You have to be extremely consistent and strong in the long term to compete. Man City barely drops any points. When you see their matches, they have a plan in the way they play. They also have a great depth of their squad, this is a really challenging situation for everyone.

“For me, Chelsea’s squad is good enough to compete in both Europe and the league easily. I know from my experience in the past, if you find a good squad balance, you can compete in both competitions.”

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