Cristiano Ronaldo put Chelsea in the top tier bracket of Premier League clubs currently due to their consistency.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Manchester United’s number seven labelled the Blues, Manchester City and Liverpool as the three most advanced sides in the country because of their ability to repeatedly pick up results.
The table speaks for itself when it comes to separating the very elite from the chasing pack.
City have gone full steam ahead with their title defence and are at the moment ten points in front of the next line.
That happens to be Chelsea, who despite dropping points to opponents well below them in the division, are still just in sight of the champions.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sit one place and point below Thomas Tuchel’s group, but do have a game in hand on both the two rivals above them.
Meanwhile, Manchester United languish in seventh position, with lightyears between themselves and their nosy neighbours in the blue half of the city.
Ralf Rangnick’s squad have the capability and personnel to rub shoulders with England’s heavy hitters, yet they’ve been rather featherweight all season.
Even with the presence of Ronaldo, who is used to sparring with the very best.
“The football, the league, to win the league, it’s a marathon, not a 100m sprint,” said the Portugal captain.
“You have to be consistent. This is why the best team right now in England is probably Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea because they are more consistent than other teams.”
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Perhaps CR7 is regretting not pursuing a move to the other side of Manchester, rather than following a nostalgic dream by returning to Old Trafford.
His shot at winning the top flight for a final time might have disintegrated.
Chelsea’s chances of lifting the first division trophy will also be doused if they fail to beat Pep Guardiola’s juggernaut tomorrow afternoon at the Etihad.
Lose, or even draw, and a runner up medal is probably the best Tuchel can ask for this term.