Gary Neville has revealed that he never really saw Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea as realistic challengers for the Premier League title this season.
Man City and Liverpool began this campaign as overwhelming favourites to win the top flight crown this season, but after the Blues went unbeaten through their first 12 games many began to talk of them as potential Champions.
However, after their 3-1 defeat to London rivals Spurs last week that talk has subsided somewhat and Neville believes the Stamford Bridge outfit are better off concentrating on making the top four.
“I think it will be an interesting match. In terms of Chelsea, I didn’t think they were title challengers, even a few weeks ago, they were unbeaten for a long time but I felt they weren’t the real deal, not like Conte in his first season or Mourinho in his second in his latter spell at the club,” Neville wrote for Sky Sports.
‘They are going to have a good season, the football is good and I think now they’ll settle into a position to challenge for the top four and I think that’s where they’ll end up at best.’
Chelsea dropped to fourth in the table after last weekend’s loss at Wembley and face South West London rivals Fulham tomorrow at Stamford Bridge in Sunday’s early kick off.