Paul Merson lists seven reasons why Chelsea can win the league and the only problem Lampard will face

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At the start of the season, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea didn’t look a decent side, but the Blues have now picked up form and are looking like title challengers.

Many are now believing that Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are capable of winning the league, but for Paul Merson, if Spurs are considered capable of winning the league, then Chelsea should be put in that same boat.

Paul Merson has identified the presence of Thiago Silva who has improved Kurt Zouma, the two fullbacks in Reece James and Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy in goal, the impact of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner’s form as a top striker and the re-emergence of Tammy Abraham, as reasons why Chelsea can win the league.

However, Merson warns that Lampard may have a difficult time keeping his squad happy.

“If we are going to talk about Tottenham winning the title, then Chelsea are right in the mix,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“If Spurs can win it, then for sure, Chelsea can win it. Frank Lampard has now got who he wants in key positions and you can really see the difference.

“Thiago Silva is world-class. They’ve got two full-backs who are as good as any in the league and for me, they [Reece James and Ben Chilwell] are the two England full-backs, in my opinion.

“They are outstanding. Silva is also only going to make Kurt Zouma a better player and the goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is solid.

“It’s coming from everywhere too. Hakim Ziyech has got a left foot that can open a can of worms, Timo Werner scores plenty of goals, Tammy Abraham looks like he’s getting better and then there’s Mason Mount. They’ve just got so much attacking talent.

“The problem is going to be keeping everyone happy and that’s going to be the hardest job in the world. You are going to have top, top-draw players not playing, and that’s hard.

“Kai Havertz wasn’t even in the squad because he was unwell and Christian Pulisic is injured too. Mateo Kovacic played on Saturday, but he hasn’t been playing. That’s going to be the problem Chelsea have to contend with going forward.”

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