Arsenal’s sole summer signing Petr Cech has rather controversially claimed that his former club Chelsea are still favourites for the Premier Leauge title, as reported by The Independent.
The Czech international claims he is shocked by Chelsea’s shocking form this season – with Jose Mourinho’s side currently languishing in 16th. He highlights just how long the season is though, and after just eight games feels it’s far too soon to judge.
He’s backed his old side to fight back, and claims they are still favourites to retain the title.
“Their form surprises me because Chelsea are among the best in the Premier League,” Cech told iDNES (via The Independent).
“I am no longer there, so it is hard for me to evaluate what is going on. Anyway, the season is long and Chelsea are still favourites in my eyes.”
He went on to discuss Arsenal’s title credentials, and claims that despite our poor start to the season, we’ve shown we are more than capable of challenging. Our dominant display against Manchester United showed just how superbly we can perform, so hopefully we continue in that vein.
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“After the first defeat for us against West Ham, everyone said that we can never win anything big. Now we are again being compared to the most famous Arsenal, who didn’t lose during one season,” he added.
“I just know that we have a team that can fight for the title until last round.”
Obviously we’d rather the 33-year-old wasn’t giving support to Chelsea, but after spending so long at the club it’s only natural he’d have an affinity for them. Perhaps he’s simply learnt from Mourinho though, and is merely playing mind games, piling the pressure on his former side.
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There is certainly a huge amount of pressure mounting, and if Chelsea continue to struggle, then Mourinho may not have a job that much longer. The club are known for demanding instant and consistent success, and have changed managers frequently in recent years. Could the Portuguese manager be making his second exit from Stamford Bridge soon?