Mark Lawrenson has Chelsea down as his favourites to claim Premier League glory thanks to having the division’s best manager.
Speaking to Off The Ball, Lawrenson ranked Thomas Tuchel as the number one top-flight coach and the main reason behind his Blues prediction.
Tuchel has already climbed the summit of dugout supremacy, despite only taking the Stamford Bridge hot seat in January.
He has transformed Chelsea from a faulty, dysfunctional, unpredictable group of price tags into an efficient, consistent, impenetrable collective unit.
36 matches have flown by since Frank Lampard left the scene, with a mere five defeats marked against the German’s name so far.
Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Leicester City are the only English teams to defy Tuchel’s master plan.
Porto claimed an ultimately redundant victory over Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals last season.
The Blues would go on to win the competition in style, orchestrated by their new conductor from the sidelines.
Top dog Tuchel
Now intent on inducing domestic domination, Lawrenson said the Londoners had the best boss in the business leading their charge.
“I’ll go (Ole Gunnar) Solskjaer fourth and Tuchel is first, then it’s probably a toss-up between Pep (Guardiola) and (Jurgen) Klopp for second and third,” said the former Liverpool defender about the league’s finest leaders.
“Chelsea look to me as though they are going to be the best team in terms of not playing particularly well in games but winning.
“I think they’ve just got that – and that’s a lot to do with the manager and how he’s set them up.
“If you gave me £100 to say who do you think would win the league now, my money would go on Chelsea.
“Of course, if (Romelu) Lukaku falls over for two or three months, it completely changes.”
For so long, Klopp and Guardiola have governed the land, crushing all that lay before them.
Yet, the last to break their chain of command was Chelsea, a feat Tuchel is aiming to repeat.
Antonio Conte claimed the title in 2016/17, the last time the Blues had their hands on the trophy.
Interestingly, the three managers to win the league before Klopp and Guardiola’s reign all have ties to Roman Abramovich’s kingdom.
Before Conte came Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City miracle and, before that, Jose Mourinho’s march to silverware success.
Can Tuchel halt the wave of City and Liverpool ascendency? Lawrenson certainly thinks so.