Glen Johnson backs the most in-form team to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City

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For the past three seasons, the Premier League has been dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City, with the Reds winning the league last season.

However, this season is looking different, and the gap between the top two might be closed down this season.

Chelsea is picking form at the right time, and former Blue Glen Johnson has backed Chelsea to challenge Liverpool and City under Frank Lampard.

Asked whether Lampard is the right man to take Chelsea forward, Johnson told “Yeah, I do. I think right now, the way the club’s going, he’s proven that he is.

“Everyone’s got to make the most of certain opportunities that are thrown their way. I think even Lamps would be surprised that he’s got the job so soon.

“With the club in the position they were, it was good for him and good for the club.

“I think he’s earned his stripes early on, in terms of what he did with Jody [Morris] and using the youth. 18 months ago we didn’t know much about Mason Mount or Tammy Abraham and Reece James.

“They’ve brought all these players through, yes because of the ban, but they’ve still added massive assets to the club.

“Then obviously Roman Abramovich believes in him and has given him the money to go and buy the players they’ve just bought.

“In the league, who’s more in-form than them right now? I don’t think anyone is. They’ve scored what, 12 goals in the last four home games and five clean sheets.

“They’re certainly the team that are going to close the gap. I don’t think this will be the season to tip Liverpool or City, but Chelsea will certainly make it a three-horse race next year.”

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