Finally! The first pundit to give Chelsea a chance at winning the league this season

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Not one pundit has rated Chelsea high enough to end up in second place, not to mention winning the league.

Many pundits have backed Chelsea to finish the season in fourth place yet again, and not many believe Frank Lampard’s side can go up to third.

However, former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, has backed Chelsea to fight for the title, after a successful summer transfer window.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Chelsea have bought brilliantly. ‘Ben Chilwell is a great signing. Yes, Marcos Alonso delivered goals, but Chelsea were weak down the left last season and needed a full-back to defend.

“Thiago Silva looks a shrewd piece of business, he a proper centre-half. If Chelsea can get a good year out of him, they have a chance.

“People highlight the fact that he’s 35-years-old, but football is about now, not four or five years down the line.

“Managers haven’t got four or five years, there is no point in them going out and buying a player for the future.

“If they do that, they will be watching that player from the TV after getting the sack!’

Merson added: “Frank Lampard had a free swing last season, no one would have taken the Chelsea job after losing Eden Hazard and being under a transfer ban, but he did unbelievably well getting into the Champions League.

“With the quality of players purchased, it’s clear Roman Abramovich isn’t playing for fourth spot, Chelsea are there to really have a go this season for the title and they have a chance.”

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