Paul Merson has made the strong claim that Tottenham are a “million miles away” from Chelsea ahead of the Premier League fixture between the two teams this weekend.
Chelsea make the short trip to north London on Sunday afternoon to face rivals Spurs.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues side have started the new season with three wins and a draw from their opening four matches. The only time they have dropped points so far was away to Liverpool when they were down to 10 men for a half at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs have three wins and a defeat so far. A heavy 3-0 loss away to Crystal Palace last weekend is the biggest negative against them so far.
Chelsea are being tipped for greater things this season, something which isn’t a surprise given they are the Champions League holders. In addition, Spurs are working under their new manager Nuno.
However, pundit Merson hasn’t held back when comparing the gap between the two London clubs.
“Chelsea will have a bench full of players Tottenham would kill for this weekend…” Merson wrote for the Daily Star.
“You look at the subs Chelsea had against Aston Villa the other week – Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell.
“They would all get in the Spurs team. N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic weren’t even in the Chelsea squad. If you were Tottenham you would take every single one of those players.
“They are a million miles away from competing with Chelsea for trophies this season.”
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Of course, Chelsea’s squad on paper is far greater than the Spurs one when you consider the sheer depth.
But, this could be a very tough game on the road against a bitter rival.
If Chelsea can come through this test with flying colours, then early talk about them being possible title contenders may carry some genuine weight.
The Blues are operating on a different planet to Spurs when it comes to winning trophies during the past couple of decades, but this weekend’s opponents certainly shouldn’t be underestimated.
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