Manchester United legend Gary Neville admits Chelsea are a better team than last season but insists the Blues aren’t on the same level as Manchester City and Liverpool.
Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Saturday after the 3-1 loss to Tottenham while Manchester City and Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league.
“I watched them at West Ham for the first time and I didn’t get the feeling that I watching a team that would be challenging for the championship,” Neville said on the Gary Neville podcast.
“I got the feeling that I was watching a team that was better than last year, that was improved and playing a good style of football.
“But I didn’t feel they were at Liverpool or Manchester City’s level.
“So I think Chelsea are doing a good job. I think where they are is about right.”
Speaking after the defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted he saw a lot of problems in our performance against Tottenham.
“I saw a lot of problems because we played very badly from a physical point of view; mentally, technically and tactically – particularly in the first 20 minutes,” Sarri said.
“I knew very well we had a lot of problems to solve and today it was clear for everybody [to see].
“I hope first of all for the players because I told them in the last week that we had a big problem with our approach to the start of matches and today was the same approach.
“The level of build-up was different and, after 15 minutes, we were 2-0 down.
“The defensive phase today was a disaster. I am not talking about the defensive line but the [whole] defensive phase.
“The offensive players pressed very badly, the midfielders defended not very well and the defensive line, as a consequence, was a disaster. The defensive phase of the team was a disaster.
“In the first 25 or 30 minutes, we had big problems to exit from our half. We lost a lot of balls and, against Tottenham, it is very dangerous to lose a lot of balls in your half. In the short counter-attack, they are probably the best in Europe.”