Chelsea head into the international break top of the Premier League table following a much-needed 3-1 victory against Southampton on Saturday.
A draw between Liverpool and Manchester City meant the Blues remained in prime position but the title is a long, long way from being decided, with just two points separating the top four.
Following the signing of Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Tuchel’s men were many pundits’ tip to win the Premier League at the start of the campaign but it getting harder to call with each game.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admitted that he too had changed his mind, saying that following the past week, he now believes City are the team to beat, rather than Chelsea.
“It ebbs and flows man,” Ferdinand said during the latest episode of his FIVE podcast.
“In the first four of five games of the season, I was sitting there and thinking Chelsea are the team to beat.
“Three of four games later and I’m thinking Man City are the team to beat. They have looked seriously impressive against the big teams.
“They dominated Chelsea away [last weekend], they dominated Liverpool in the first half [on Sunday] and should have seen the game off.
“They might be a bit disappointed with a 2-2 draw but they look the most impressive to me. They look formidable at times. There’s no doubt they’re going to dominate 99 per cent of their games but it’s just about the finishing.”
The prospect of a title race between Tuchel and Pep Guardiola is a tantalising one, given the duo’s history in the game.
First clashing in Germany when they were in charge of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively, games between the two have been tightly contested every since.
Not only that, however, Tuchel has freely admitted that Guardiola’s legendary Barcelona side were an enormous influence on him as a manager.
“[Pep’s Barcelona team] taught me everything about this game, that you can play nice [football] and you can win everything,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV back in March.
“[Also that] you can attack and still be intense in defending; that you can do it with the guys from the academy, and so on.
“Pep [has been] a big, big influence until today. I have the feeling that every time I watch a game from him, I can learn something about football and I can learn something new.
“[It is] now a big challenge to be in the same league again and to compete again at the same level.”
Source by Football London