In pictures: Chelsea v Southampton
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Paul Scholes believes there will be a two-horse race for the Premier League title this season – after somewhat surprisingly claiming that he is not convinced Chelsea have what it takes to finish top. The Blues have got off to an impressive start to the campaign, winning seven, drawing one and losing just once in the division so far.
That form has seen Thomas Tuchel’s side leading the way in first position, although they are only one point ahead of Liverpool and two above Manchester City.
Manchester United’s woeful recent performances means they are already looking unlikely to challenge for major honours, and the majority of pundits seem to think it will be a three-way battle for the league.
But speaking on Sky Sports’ Overlap forum, Red Devils legend Scholes stated his belief that Chelsea will be unable to maintain their strong start.
“I think it’s between Liverpool and Manchester City, I do think there is three great teams [including Chelsea],” he said.
“I think United have not fallen away, but it’s very early.
“I just think City and Liverpool, watching that game [between the two sides] the quality was just so high, I just can’t see any other team getting close to them.
“Chelsea… I’m not sure, they have been great and I think they are better than I actually give them credit for but I think it’s between Liverpool and Manchester City.”
Away from Premier League matters, Chelsea progressed to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday after beating Southampton on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
And Tuchel appeared delighted to go through, despite the competition most probably not being top of his priority list.
“We were expecting it to be difficult,” he said. “We had some last-minute changes. Three potential starters got injured in training yesterday. It was not planned like this, so we had not so many options from the bench to not overuse players.
“We knew it was the first time we played together in this selection and we knew it would be tough against a team that put so much pressure on you. That’s the way it was.
“It was a nice match of football from both teams, a really tough match, and in the end we are happy to win the penalty shoot-out.
Tuchel does, however, have some injury worries to contend with ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Newcastle.
He added: “We hope Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) is back for the weekend. He had a shoulder injury yesterday in training when he fell on it. It’s very painful but he’s Azpi and he’s a tough guy.
“Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) felt after training some pain in his hip joint. Hopefully we can handle it for Saturday.
“Andreas (Christensen) needed to recover from tooth surgery and he should be back in training on Thursday if there are no complications.”
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