Chelsea should focus on winning the Europa League this season because they aren’t good enough to win the Premier League, according to former England defender, Stuart Pearce.
Chelsea have had some excellent Premier League results so far this season, maintaining a 100% record at the start of this current league campaign, as well as winning their opening Europa League fixture against PAOK on Thursday night.
However, speaking after the game in Greece though, former England left-back Stuart Pearce doubts that the Blues can maintain that run, suggesting that their defence might not be good enough to challenge for the title against the likes of Man City and Liverpool, and may be best served to targeting glory in the Europa League where they are among the favourites:
“You’ve got to look at Chelsea’s start to the season and drill down underneath one or two things,” Pearce told Sky Sports The Debate.
“The Arsenal game, they could’ve conceded four or five goals at home to Arsenal – who were ripping them apart.
“Subsequently they’ve had games against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Bournemouth. They’ve played at least three of the teams that are in the bottom five so just be careful when you manage expectation on Chelsea a little bit.
“They haven’t played anyone of real note, Arsenal in change if you like and that game could have gone either way.
“I’d be very careful in saying whether Chelsea are good enough to have a tilt at the Premier League this year; I don’t think they are.
“When you roll the clock back to Conte’s time at the club, he was playing a four and he looked at it and thought, ‘I’ve got to go to a three cause we’re getting killed at the back.’
“They’re so well-suited to a back three stroke back five. I think time will tell and the jury is still out and when they play the better sides in the Premier League, he’ll find out, ‘I’m not sure this personnel can play a four’.”