Owen Hargreaves doesn’t think Chelsea can challenge for the Premier League title this season as “Liverpool and Manchester City are above them”.
The Blues have started the season well, currently sitting in third place in the Premier League table after only losing one match in their opening ten fixtures.
They are only two points adrift of leaders Tottenham and have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five league matches.
However, Hargreaves thinks Chelsea – who play Leeds United on Saturday – will fail to show the same levels of consistency as Liverpool and Manchester City over a whole season.
When asked whether Chelsea were title contenders this season, Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “I don’t think so. I like Chelsea and I like what Frank Lampard is building, but I just think Liverpool and Manchester City are above them.
“I don’t think it will even be close. I think it will be those two first and second and a bunch of other teams after that.
“Frank has finally settled on this team but those teams [Liverpool and Man City] have been doing it for years and they both know their best teams.
“Chelsea are probably the third best team in England but I don’t think they’re good enough or consistent enough to compete with the two teams who have been doing it for far longer and have better players.”