‘You probably wouldn’t’: Gary Neville makes claim about Chelsea and Manchester United following Saturday's results
Gary Neville believes Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur would give Manchester City a better game than Chelsea right now.
Speaking on his own podcast, Neville suggested Liverpool would rather Pep Guardiola’s side face the two North London clubs over Thomas Tuchel’s men, in an attempt to derail their defence of the Premier League trophy.
One of Liverpool or City will be crowned the champions of England by at least the end of the month.
The knighting of the league victors could be held off until the very final day, with more twists and turns expected before the campaign concludes.
Guardiola’s team just have their necks out in front, after they smashed five past Newcastle United yesterday.
Liverpool could only tug one point out of Tottenham at Anfield the evening before the demolition in Manchester.
Antonio Conte’s group even went ahead at the ground of the Champions League finalists, only to be pegged back by a Luis Diaz deflected strike.
But it was Jurgen Klopp who got pegged back by the result the most, aware of how damaging this may turn out to be in terms of the title race.
Everything now rests on the remaining three fixtures.
Gary Neville knocks back Chelsea
Liverpool meet Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa tomorrow, before taking on Southampton and then Wolverhampton Wanderers.
City also face Wolves and Villa, sandwiching a tough trip to West Ham United this weekend.
But who has the sterner test?
According to Neville, Guardiola and Klopp have actually got it pretty level heading into the home stretch.
“It’s not over. I’m trying to think which two away games Liverpool would send City to at this moment in time. Probably Arsenal and Tottenham,” said the former defender.
“Chelsea and Manchester United, you probably wouldn’t send them to at this moment in time. They seem to have switched off.
“Well, Manchester United have switched off, they are gone. Chelsea have just switched off a bit to a lower level.
“Wolves and West Ham probably, after Arsenal and Tottenham, are the two teams you’d probably want your opponent to go to.
“Maybe Everton because of what’s happening there.”
Chelsea’s form at Stamford Bridge
This is a pretty damming indictment on Chelsea, considering they are above all five of the mentioned clubs above.
But Stamford Bridge is certainly not the fortress it once was.
Take Saturday for example.
Romelu Lukaku’s brace was not enough to secure victory for the Blues, as Wolves salvaged a draw with pretty much the last kick of the contest.
Chelsea have now only won eight times on home soil this season, ranking them seventh in the division.
They managed nine the year before and 11 in 2019/20.
Hopefully, the change in ownership can bring the good times back to the Bridge soon.