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Scholes dismisses Chelsea title – claim 

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: BT BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey with pundits Robbie Savage and Paul Scholes during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Paul Scholes has dismissed Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League title and believes it’s a two-horse race between Manchester City and Liverpool.

After his latest talk this month that Chelsea were defensively weak, Scholes has now dismissed the report of Chelsea winning the Premier League.

Really? Well, Liverpool have got the best centre-backs, [Manchester] City have got two great ones, I think United have got two really good ones. I think Chelsea are probably the weakest out of the top four defensively.” He told Goal last week.

Thomas Tuchel’s side currently lead the way in the Premier League having registered 22 points from their first nine games.

They’re not only good defensive but have the second best offensive play in the Premier League sitting behind Liverpool after their 5-0 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Liverpool are close by as they trail Chelsea by just a point, while Manchester City are two points behind in third place.

Meanwhile, City have not lost a game in the Premier League since the opening weekend of the new campaign and have won six of their following eight matches.

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 after an impressive start to the campaign, winning seven, drawing one and losing just once in the division so far.

‘I think it’s a devastating day for the Premier League,’ Scholes said of Liverpool’s comprehensive win against United.

‘Seeing Liverpool go to Old Trafford and win so convincingly, I think it will make City worry.

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.

‘I think City watching that today, in the Champions League or the Premier League, that will frighten them.’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 03: Paul Scholes of Manchester United competes for the ball with Deco of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 3, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Chelsea progressed to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday after beating Southampton on penalties following a 1-1 draw

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea tips the penalty of Theo Walcott of Southampton onto the post during the penalty shoot out in the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on October 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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

Chelsea face a manager-less Newcastle United this weekend before traveling to Sweden to face Malmo in the Champions League on Tuesday.

 

 

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