Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has revealed that he can’t see any other side showing the consistency needed to beat his old club to the Premier League title.
Having gone on a run of 11 consecutive wins, Chelsea head into Christmas Day as the Premier League leaders with a six-point gap over nearest rivals Liverpool.
With over half the season to go and with the risk of injuries to still consider, few will concede that Chelsea are over the line and unstoppable at this point, but Lampard believes that it will be extremely difficult for any of the chasing pack to successfully close the gap and surpass the Blues.
“I don’t like to tempt fate but I can’t see anyone who has got the consistency to close the gap, so I fancy Chelsea strongly now,” he told Sky Sports.
“[Man] City are in a decent position,” Lampard said. “And there are teams with quality for sure — City, I think Liverpool are very good to watch this year, and Arsenal.
“I think those will be the group chasing but with Chelsea, when you take that kind of a gap into Christmas, I think barring suspensions or injuries to top players like [Eden] Hazard and [Diego] Costa, I fancy them to carry it through.”
It’s been quite the turnaround from Antonio Conte and his side, as after their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on September 24, few would have backed them to be in the title race at all let alone be favourites to win it.
They deserve a great deal of credit for that and their excellent form in recent weeks, and it’s difficult to argue with Lampard taking into account current results.
However, whether it’s an injury to Costa or a slip up that wasn’t expected and which knocks confidence in the squad, there are still so many variables that it makes it impossible to call the title race yet.
Chelsea are certainly favourites right now and in all fairness they have the best chance of winning the title, but several other teams will have something to say about that.